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APA Style Guide: Government Reports

This guide is designed to help students learn about APA style and cite sources for their research.

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The specific agency responsible for the report appears as the author. The names of parent agencies not present in the group author name appear in the source element as the publisher. This creates concise in-text citations and complete reference list entries.

If the report has been assigned a number, provide the report number in parentheses after the title.

A technical report may not contain all of the information you require for a reference. If there is no date of publication, use the abbreviation n.d. (for "no date"). 

When the publisher is the same as the author (e.g., with group authors), omit the publisher from the source element. 

Government Reports

Information required for a reference to a technical or government report includes:

  • Author or corporate author
  • Date of publication
  • Title
  • Report number (if applicable)
  • Publisher
  • URL (for an online report)

Examples of References

BIOTECanada. (2011). Inflection point: Canadian life sciences industry forecast 2011. PricewaterhouseCoopers International.

Environment Canada. Mining and Processing Division. Mining Section. (2009). Environmental code of practice for metal mines (Report No. 1/MM/17). 

Guèvremont, A. (2010, June). The early learning experiences of Métis children in Canada (Statistics Canada Catalogue No. 89-644-X). Statistics Canada,

Examples of In-Text Citations:

Parenthetical citations:
Traditional activities (such as singing, drum dancing, or traditional ceremonies) are part of only a third of Métis children's daily activities (Guèvremont, 2010, p. 7).

Twenty-five percent of life sciences companies believe that it will take over five years for them to earn revenue (BIOTECanada, 2011).

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