IMPORTANT NOTE: This guide refers to the APA 6th edition. As a university, we will be transitioning to the APA 7th edition beginning in June, 2021.
Use the Reference style for items listed alphabetically at the end of the research paper. The In-Text style is for the same items referred to in the body of the paper. Include page numbers in the In-Text style only when quoting from a source. When paraphrasing from a source, omit the In-Text page numbers.
APA Citation Style does not have a separate category for government publications. According to APA, government documents can be considered Books, Technical/Research Reports or Brochures.
In-text Citation (paraphrase):
(Government Author, Year)
In-text Citation (quotation):
(Government Author, Year, page or paragraph number [if available])
Reference (print document):
Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title of Document: Subtitle (Report No. xxx [if available]). Publisher.
Example (print document):
United States. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Banking and financial Services. (1998). Conduct of monetary policy; Report of the Federal Reserve Board pursuant to the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, P.L. 95-523, and the state of the economy: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy of the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, second session, July 22, 1998. (Y 4.B 22/1:105-70). Government Printing Office.
Reference (online document):
Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title of Document: Subtitle (Report No. xxx [if available]). Retrieved from Agency name website: http://www.xxxxxxx
Example (online document):
United States. Federal Reserve Board. (1998). Monetary policy report to the Congress Pursuant to the full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978; July 21, 1998, report. Retrieved from the Federal Reserve website: http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/hh/1998/july/fullreport.htm
Please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., for a complete guide to citing your resources and for additional commentary on particular rules, rules of thumb, and formatting.