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Name of Author or Government Body. Year. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Government Publisher.


Cite government documents much as you would other documents, but be sure to include any additional identifying information, such as report or catalogue numbers:

Abada, Teresa, Feng Hou, Bali Ram. 2008. Group Differences in Educational Attainment among the Children of Immigrants. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 11F0019MWE2008308. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. Retrieved November 19, 2011 (

If no author is given, list the item according to the name of the government body that produced it:

British Columbia Ministry of Housing and Social Development. 2010. Disability Assistance and Trusts. Victoria: Province of British Columbia. Retrieved November 19, 2011 (
U.S. Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1984. Criminal Victimization in the U.S., 1983. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.