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Citing Government Documents: American Psychological Association

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Revised January 2010 Contents




»»NOTE: Current United States treaties are issued individually by the Dept. of State in "slip" form as the "Treaties and Other International Acts Series" (TIAS). Each is assigned a number ("TIAS [number]"). The State Department has later republished each treaty in the annual United States Treaties and Other International Agreements set since 1950.

Texts of treaties signed before 1950 can best be cited to a multivolume work compiled by Charles Bevans from 1968 to 1974 for the Dept. of State. (see below - "Treaty in compilation, pre-1950")

The APA Manual does not address treaty citations; the following examples are based on the general guidelines for legislative/legal materials. (See Bluebook, sec. 21.4, for the formal legal citation method.)

Individual treaty

In-text: (Agricultural Commodities Agreement, 1977)

Reference list: Agricultural Commodities Agreement, United States-Philippines, May 12, 1977, Treaties and Other International

Acts Series 8684.

»»NOTE: "Slip" form of treaty; use TIAS number.

Treaty in compilation, pre-1950

In-text: (Establishment of Tariff Duties, 1866)


»»NOTE: The in-text citation is formed with the first few words of the title and the date.

Reference list:

Establishment of Tariff Duties with Respect to Japan, United States-Japan, June 25, 1866, T.S. 188, In C.

Bevans, Ed.). (1968). Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America, 1776-

1949, Vol. 1 (pp. 18-28). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

»»NOTE: "T.S." means Treaty Series.

Treaty in annual volume, post-1950

In-text: (Fisheries Off the United States, 1977)

Reference list: Fisheries Off the United States Coast Agreement, United States-Cuba, April 27, 1977. (TIAS 8689). United States

Treaties and Other International Agreements Vol. 28 (pp. 6770-6814).