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Government Information Guide

This guide will assist you in locating information from international, U.S. government, state, and local governments.

Citation Guides

Citing government information can be tricky as there are many different types of documents.  In general, follow the citation style you are using for your paper (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).  Consult those manuals for specific instructions and examples of government information. 

The issuing agency is the author (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).  This is often followed by a lower level department (National Center for Health Statistics).  If a personal author is included, include that following the title of the document. 

Often, government documents are numbered.  Document numbers usually follow the title. 

Include the database, URL, or permalink when applicable.

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