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Citation Resources: Government Resources

Works Cited Core Elements

Create your Works Cited list by following MLA style's core elements:

Include access dates in MLA's optional field. It is required by your professors.

Citations in your paper should be formatted in a black or grayscale font.

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More Information

See the MLA Handbook 8th Editionpage 25 and pages 104-105, for more information on citing government resources. 

Basic Government Citation

When citing a government author, arrange work cited entry from macro to micro: 

Name of Government, Name of Agency.


United Nations, World Health Organization.

United States, Department of the Interior.


Print Government Resource

Print Government ResourceCover image for Agricultural Statistics 2016

Electronic Government Resource

Cover for A Green FutureElectronic Government Resource

Government Author AND Publisher

When a government author is also the publisher, omit the government author field. Begin with the work's title, and include the government name in the publisher field.

Government and AuthorCover for Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-2015