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Turabian Citation Style Guide 9th Edition: F. Government Publications

About Citing Books

For each type of source in this guide, the general form and specific examples will be provided for the Notes-Bibliography style options of Turabian.

This information and several of the examples were drawn from A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (9th Edition). Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

For further information, please ask your instructor or refer to the Turabian manual.

Government Publications

The general format below refers to an item published by a governmental department or agency. These can include reports, bulletins, circulars, and other items from executive departments, bureaus, and other agencies. Italicize the title and include the author(s) names after the title (17.11.4). See the Manual  for many other examples of government documents (17.11).


General Format


Superscript Note Number. Department or Agency Name, Publication Title: Subtitle, Author First Name Last Name. (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page #(s).
Bibliographic Entry:
Department or Agency Name. Publication Title: Subtitle. by Author First Name Last Name. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.




30 US Department of the Treasury, Report of the Secretary of the Treasury Transmitting a Report from the Register of the Treasury of the Commerce and Navigation of the United States for the Year Ending the 30th of June, 1850, 31st Cong., 2d sess., House Executive Document 8 (Washington, DC, 1850-51).
Bibliographic Entry:
US Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Environmental Division. Oil-Spill Risk Analysis: Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lease Sales, Central Planning Area and Western Planning Area, 2007-2012, and Gulfwide OCS Program, 2007-2046, by Zhen-Gang Ji, Walter R. Johnson, and Charles F. Marshall. Edited by Eileen M. Lear. MMS 2007-040, June 2007.

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