Several online guides provide help for citing government docments and websites for example the Indiana University Citing U.S. Government Publications. and the IRSC MLA Style Guide for Government Publications.

For MLA, note the following key elements and formatting for citations, first an example of a print work:

Personal Author or (if no personal author given) Government Issuing the Document. Agency or Department. Title of Document. Place of Publication: Publication Office, Date of Publication. Medium of publication [Print].

If the government publication is only online:

Personal Author or (if no personal author given) Government Issuing the Document. Agency or Department. Title of Document. Place of Publication: Publication Office, Date of Publication. Medium of publication [Web]. Date of Access. <URL>

Two examples are below, first one for a print document, and the second, for an online publication:

Example of Print: 

United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health. Washington: GPO, 2000. Print.

Example of Online:

 

United States. Dept. of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Hate Crime Reported by Victims and Police. By Caroline Wolf Harlow. Washington: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Nov. 2005. Web. 11 Sept. 2008. <http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/hcrvp.pdf>.

Always remember that you may consult the MLA Style Manual, which is available in the USU Library for further guidance and more detailed examples.

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