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Turabian's Parenthetical / Reference List Style Guide

Citing Government Documents Example Index

Want to know how to cite government documents in-text?

Click on the below link for access to in-text citation examples for web resources:

How to Cite Government Agency, Department, OR Commission Documents (Print)

How to cite Online Government Documents


  • When citing an electronic resource use the print citation as the primary format then include URL and access date to complete the citation
  • REMEMBER: A URL alone in your reference list is NOT enough.  You must provide as much publication detail as possible so a reader can locate the source of the information even if the URL changes.
  • For an information source accessed via the free web add the URL.  For a library database use the stable URL OR PURL if available.  After both include the date you accessed the information. 
  • Do not abreviate months when noting dates of access.

How to Cite Publications of International Bodies (Print)


  • Abbreviations for commonly known major bodies like UN for United Nations or WTO for World Trade Organization

How to Cite Presidential Publications (Print)

How to Cite U.S. Congressional Publications (Print)