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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 9th Edition): Government Documents

Government Documents

Government Document from a Website
Works Cited List Citation

Author's Last Name, First Name if given. Title of Document: Subtitle if Given. Edition if given and is not first edition, Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee, Publication Date, URL. Accessed Day Month Year viewed (optional, add if there is no upload/publication date).

Note: If you are using a pdf version of the document, add at the following at the end of your citation: PDF download.


Examples:

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015, www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf. PDF download.

Mashford-Pringle, Angela et al. What We Heard: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19.  Public Health Agency of Canada, Feb. 2021, www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/corporate/publications/chief-public-health-officer-reports-state-public-health-canada/from-risk-resilience-equity-approach-covid-19/indigenous-peoples-covid-19-report/cpho-wwh-report-en.pdf. PDF download.

In-Text Citation

(Last Name Page Number if given), or if author is not given (Title of Document Page Number if given)

Note: If the source has a long title, you may shorten it in your in-text citation by using the first word/phrase from the title.

 

Examples: 

(Honouring the Truth 15)

(Mashford-Pringle et al. 24)

Government Document in Print
Works Cited List Citation

Author's Last Name, First Name if given. Title of Document: Subtitle if Given. Edition if given and is not first edition, Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee, Publication Date.


Example:

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015.

In-Text Citation

(Last Name Page Number), or if author is not given (Title of Document Page Number)

Note: If the source has a long title, you may shorten it in your in-text citation by using the first word/phrase from the title.

 

Examples: 

(Honouring the Truth 15)

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