How to cite a government report in APA
To cite a government report in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:
- 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.
- Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
- Title of the government report: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
- Report number: Give the number of the report preceded by 'Report No.'
- 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.
- 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:
.(Year of publication). Title of the government report (Report No. Report number). Place of publication: Name of the publisher.
Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines in action:
A report by a government agency
2017). 2017 country reports on human rights practices. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State.. (
A report published by a government agency
2013). Federal PKI compliance report (Report No. 13-19). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Publishing Office.. (