How to cite a government report in MLA

MLA government report citation

Government reports are usually published by an organization that is also its author. In these cases, the name of the organization is included only as the publisher and the reference entry starts with the title. If you accessed the report online, click here for the citation format.

To cite a government report in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) name: If the report was published by an organization that is also its author, omit the author and start with the title.
  2. Title of the report: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Report number: Give the report number if available.
  4. Publisher: Always use the abbreviated version, e.g: MIT P for MIT Press or Oxford UP for Oxford University Press.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a government report in MLA style 8th edition:

Author(s) name. Title of the report. Report no. Report number, Publisher, Year of publication.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


A government report with a publisher that is also its author

2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . U.S. Department of State, 2017.

A report by a government agency

Raponi, Michael A.. Federal PKI Compliance Report. Report No. 13-19, U.S. Government Publishing Office, 2013.

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