Q. How do I cite government reports and statistical data in APA?


The best place to look is in the print copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. But various university web sites will have examples of common citations.

From the Library home page, click on Citing Information Sources, then click on the APA tab. On the left side are several web sites with examples:

  • The Purdue website has some examples of citing statistical data. Go to the section on Reference List: Electronic Sources (Web Publications). Then look for the sections on Data Sets and Graphic Data.
  • For government reports and laws, try the link to the Northern Michigan University set of examples.
  • For more detail on APA citation of legal materials, the Publication Manual refers you to the Bluebook. For some Bluebook examples see the Library of Congress website: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcite.html


  • Last Updated Dec 08, 2014
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  • Answered By Carol Perruso

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