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MLA Citation Style Guide: 7th Edition

Commonly Cited Government Publications


Author's Last Name, First Name (If given). Name of the Government. Name of Issuing Agency, abbreviated. Title of PublicationWashington: G.P.O, Year. Medium.


When citing the Congressional Record, include the date, page numbers and medium format.

For other congressional documents, include number and session of Congress, which house (S for Senate or HR for House of Representatives), and the type and number of the publication.


United States.  National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. 9/11 Commission Report: The Official Report of the 9/11 Commission and Related PublicationsWashington: G.P.O, 2004. Print.

Citing a Technical Report in MLA


Last-name, First-name and First-name Last-name . “Title of Chapter.” Document Title. Government Publication Number. Place of Publication: Publishing Agency, Year. Pages of chapter. Format. Date Month Year of Access.

Roy, Lindsay E., Holly L. Watson, and H. Lee Nigg.4He. SRNL-L4222-2012-00015. Aiken, SC: Savannah River National Laboratory, 2012. Web. 17 September 2012.

Smith, Joshua E. and Eugene J. Peterson. “National Technical Nuclear Forensics.” The Los Alamos Science Pillars: The Science of Signatures. LA-UR-12-24168. Los Alamos, NM: Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2012. 11. Web. 17 September 2012.

Citing Legal Materials in MLA

The MLA Handbook recommends following the Bluebook uniform system of citation for legal materials. The MLA  Handbook provides some information on citing legal sources in section 5.7.14.  For more in-depth information on citing legal materials, see The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.