Any student or researcher may need to cite the United Nations Charter when researching international relations topics. To do this, you will cite the charter as you would a government document. If you are conducting research in the social sciences, your professor will probably require you to cite the U.N. Charter in American Psychological Association format. If you are writing a paper in a liberal arts or humanities field, you will probably need to cite the charter in Modern Language Association format.

In-Text Citations

To cite the U.N. Charter in-text in APA format, you would use the format for international agreements. This format includes the name of the international agreement, the article number and the paragraph number. For example, if you are citing the U.N. Charter, article 1, paragraph 3, your in-text citation would look like this: (U.N. Charter art. 1, para. 3). If you are citing an entire article of the charter, you would simply remove the paragraph number: (U.N. Charter art. 1).

To cite the U.N. Charter in-text in MLA format, you would use the format for historical documents. This format includes the document title, article number and section number. For example, if you were citing the U.N. Charter, article 1, section 3, your in-text citation would look like this: (UN Charter, art. 1, sec. 3).

Reference Page / Works Cited

For a reference page citation of the U.N. Charter in APA style, you would need to include the name of the organization, the document date in parenthesis, the name of the agreement in italics, publication location and name of the publisher: United Nations. (1945). Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice. New York: United Nations, Office of Public Information.

For a works cited page citation of the U.N. Charter in MLA format, you would need to include the name of the historical document, the document date, city of publication, publisher and the medium of publication: Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice. 1945. New York: United Nations, Office of Public Information. Print.