Using Government Documents

Can I Check a Government Document Out?

If you are a currently enrolled student, faculty, staff or alumni - then yes. Although you still cannot check out any materials designated as Reference. Members of the public are free to photocopy or take notes from any Government Publication the library owns.

Citing a Government Document in a Bibliography or Works Cited Page

MLA Style Sample

Name of Government. Name of Agency. Title. Place: Publisher, Date.


  • United States. Cong. Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. Hearings. 79th Cong.,1st and 2nd sess. 32 vols. Washington: GPO, 1946.
  • United States. Department of Labor. Child Carer: A Workforce Issue. Washington: GPO, 1988.

APA Style Sample

Government Institute as group author. (date). Title. Place of publication: Publisher.


  • National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS Publication No. ADM 0-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.