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Turabian Bibliography: Government Documents

NOTE : The letter N is used to indicate examples of footnotes or endnotes and the letter B is used to indicate examples of bibliographic entries. Students should NOT include either letter in their papers.

NOTE: Include as many of the following elements as possible:


Government body

Title of document

Individual author, editor, or compiler

Report number or other identifiers

Place of publication, publisher’s name, and date of publication

N.                  Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, The Mutual Security Act of 1956, 84th Cong., 2d sess., 1956, S. Rep. 2273, 9-10.

B.                    U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. The Mutual Security Act of 1956. 84th Cong., 2d sess., 1956. S. Rep. 2273.

NOTE: In public documents, 2d is used rather than 2nd.

To format special types of public documents, see 7th edition Turabian Manual, available in the Writing and Learning Commons (Belk 207) or in Hunter Library’s Reference section.

Congressional Publications

Debates, p. 206

Reports and Documents, p. 207

Bills and Resolutions, p. 207

Statues, p. 208

Presidential Publications, p. 208

Publications of Government Department and Agencies, p. 209

U.S. Constitution, p. 209

Treaties, p. 210

Legal Cases, p. 211

State and Local Government Documents, p. 211

Canadian Government Documents, p. 212

British Government Documents, p. 213

Publications of International Bodies, p. 214

Unpublished Government Documents, p. 214

Online Government Documents, p. 215, also under Electronic Sources



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