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Nursing: Government Documents

Nursing Research Guide

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  • Author
  • Date
    • n.d. if no date is given
  • Title of work
  • Report number
  • Location of publisher
  • Pulbisher
  • For online reports: Agency Name
  • For online reports: URL

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Government Document in Print

Author. (Year). Title. Place of Publication: Publisher.

U.S. Department of Justice. (1995). Correctional statistics in the U.S., 1992. Washington, CD: Government Printing Office.

Document on an Agency Website

Author. (Year). Title. Retrieved from URL

United States Sentencing Commission. (n.d.). 1997 sourcebook of federal sentencing statistics. Retrieved from

ERIC Document

Author. (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED######)

Mead, J. V. (1992). Looking at old photographs: Investigating the teacher tales that novice teachers bring with them (Report No. NCRTL-RR-92-4). East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED346082)


Author. (Year). Patent No. ######. Place of publication: Publisher.

Smith, I. M. (1988). U.S. Patent No. 123.445. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Federal Regulation

Name of Act, Volume Source § section number (Year).

Mental Health Systems Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9401 (1988).

Citing Items Without an Author

If an article, book or other resource does not have an identifiable author, move the title to the first element and keep everything else in the same place.

APA Book:

Title. Date. Place of Publication: Publisher.

MLA Book:

Title. Place of Publication: Publisher. Date. Format.

Chicago Author-Date Book:

Title. Year. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Citing Items Without a Date

If a publication does not have a date, use the abbreviation n.d. for no date.

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