Citing Canadian Government Documents- APA Style
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Additional Government Documents:
Citation Rules and Explanations:
Reports (APA Manual, 7.03, p. 205)
Italicize the names of cases in text, but not in the reference list.
Court cases often have several years, each of which reflects a specific stage in the case's history. Include all years in your citation.
Do not italicize titles of acts or statues in the Works Cited List.
Additional Government Documents
See also: SFU's Citing Guide for Statistics Canada, PCensus, EStat and CHASS
Many government documents are most often accessed online, and so almost all the examples above are for documents accessed online. In APA citation style there are a few differences between citing a document online and citing one in print.
|Print Documents||Online Document|
Many government documents follow a similar format. Exceptions include debates and legal documents (see examples above). Begin the citation with the author or agency's name.
British Columbia Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
Canada, Commission of Inquiry into Part-Time Work.
Next, include the date (generally just the year) followed by the title in italics. If the issuing agency assigned a number (e.g., report number, contract number) to the report, give that number in parentheses following the title.
For documents retrieved online, identify the publisher as part of the retrieval statement unless the publisher has been identified as the author: Retrieved from Agency Name website: http://www.example.gc.ca/document
For print documents, include the place of publication and the publisher, separated by a colon.
For more information on citing reports, see the APA Manual, 7.03, p. 205.
For more information on citing legal documents, see the APA Manual, Appendix 7.1, p. 216-224
Government groups as authors are usually spelled out each time they appear in a text citation. If the name is long, it can be spelled out in full the first time, and abbreviated thereafter. Be sure that the abbreviation is familiar or easy to understand, so that the reader does not have trouble finding the appropriate reference in the Works Cited list. You may put the abbreviation in brackets following the full name in the first citation.
First citation: (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation [CMHC], 2010)
Subsequent citations: (CMHC, 2010)
SFU's APA Citation guide, 6th ed.- General guide to APA-style citation.
Brief Guide to Citing Canadian Government Sources - Guide by Queen's University for citing government resources. Note that this resource does not use APA Style, but does have some useful examples.
APA Style Guide - Government Publications - Sample Vancouver, B.C. and Canadian government APA citations from Douglas College.
Citing Government Documents- APA - University of Nebraska's guide to citing American government documents.