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How to Cite a Government Fact Page in APA Style

by Amy Ess, Demand Media

    Government fact pages contain many types of useful information, such as information about changing population demographics or information about the languages spoken within a region of the United States. These factsheets can be found on websites or in print and must be cited properly in an APA style academic or other type of professional paper. This formatting is accepted in all social science fields.

    Printed Source

    Step 1

    Enter the last name of the author of the government fact page, a comma, the first initial of the author’s first name and a period. For example: Smith, J.

    Step 2

    Enter the government department that created the fact sheet, capitalizing all important words, a comma, the government sub-department, the office or agency, capitalizing all important words, and a period. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies.

    Step 3

    Enter the year the fact sheet was created in parentheses, followed by a period. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005).

    Step 4

    Enter the title of the fact sheet, capitalizing the first word. Place the title of the document in italics. After the title, type the document identification number in parentheses, if one is included. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005). Money fact sheet (NIH Publication No. 02-2650).

    Step 5

    Enter the city, a comma, the abbreviation for the state where the document was published and a colon. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005). Money fact sheet (NIH Publication No. 02-2650). Charlotte, NC:

    Step 6

    Enter the name of the printing or publishing agency and a period. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005). Money fact sheet (NIH Publication No. 02-2650). Charlotte, NC: Government Printing Office.

    Non-Print Source

    Step 1

    Enter the last name of the author of the government fact page, a comma, the first initial of the author’s first name and a period. For example: Smith, J.

    Step 2

    Enter the government department that created the fact sheet, capitalizing all important words, a comma, the government sub-department, office or agency, capitalizing all important words, and a period. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies.

    Step 3

    Enter the year the fact sheet was created in parentheses followed by a period. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005).

    Step 4

    Enter the title of the fact sheet in italics, capitalizing the first word, the document identification number in parentheses. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005). Money fact sheet (NIH Publication No. 02-2650).

    Step 5

    Enter the city, a comma, the abbreviation for the state where the document was published and a colon. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005). Money fact sheet (NIH Publication No. 02-2650). Charlotte, NC:

    Step 6

    Enter the name of the printing or publishing agency, a period, “Retrieved from” and the website where the fact sheet was found. For example: Smith, J. North Carolina Department of Revenue, Office of Monies. (2005). Money fact sheet (NIH Publication No. 02-2650). Charlotte, NC: Government Printing Office. Retrieved from http://ncgov.com.

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    About the Author

    Amy Ess has been writing both academically and professionally since 2002. She has served as the head grant writer for a nonprofit organization and received her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Central Florida. Ess is currently studying for her master's degree in nonprofit management—also from The University of Central Florida.

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