How to cite a government report in APA

APA government report citation

To cite a government report in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the government report: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the government report: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Report number: Give the number of the report preceded by 'Report No.'
  5. Place of publication: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  6. Name of the publisher: Give the name of the publisher but omit terms, such as Publishers, Co., and Inc. Retain the words Books and Press.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a government report in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of the government report. (Year of publication). Title of the government report (Report No. Report number). Place of publication: Name of the publisher.

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for a government report citation in action:


A report by a government agency

U.S. Department of State. (2017). 2017 country reports on human rights practices. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State.

A report published by a government agency

Raponi, M. A. (2013). Federal PKI compliance report (Report No. 13-19). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Publishing Office.
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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