U.S. Census Bureau (year data was published). Name of data or report. Retrieved from [URL].
Example (from American FactFinder):
U.S. Census Bureau (2011). Selected housing characteristics, 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Retrieved from http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_11_5YR_DP04.
Example (from Social Explorer):
U.S. Census Bureau (2013). Median household income, American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Retrieved from http://www.socialexplorer.com/tables/ACS2013_5yr/R11008191.
Name of Act § Section number, Volume number U.S.C. § Section number (Year).
Name of Act, Pub. L. No. Number , § Section number, Volume number Stat. Page number.
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 § 102, 42 U.S.C. § 4332 (1994).
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-336, § 2, 104 Stat. 328 (1991).
Title, Bill or Resolution Number, Number of Congress Cong., Number of Session Sess. (Year).
Equitable Health Care for Severe Mental Illnesses Act of 1993, S. 671, 103d Cong., 1st Sess. (1993).
United States Supreme Court Decisons:
Name v. Name. Vol. number U.S. Page number. (Year).
Note: The volume and page numbers refer to U.S. Reports. All reporting services include this information. Ignore the "Cite As" at the head of the page in Supreme Court Reporter, because this form of the citation is not used in APA style.
United States v. Lane, 474 U.S. 438 (1986).
Name v. Name, volume number Reporter Abbreviation page number (Court abbreviation year).
People v. Stockton Pregnancy Control Medical Clinic, 203 Cal. App. 3d 225 (Cal. App.3d 1988).
Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14 (Cal. 1976).
Format 1 - Code: (usually preferred format, using citation to California Codes):
Name of law (if available), State Abbreviation Code Abbreviation § section number(s) (Year if available).
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, Cal. Penal Code § 11164 et seq.
Format 2 – Bill/Chapter (use if new law updates many code sections instead of one):
Name of law, State Abbreviation Branch (Assemb. or S.) Bill number, Chapter number (Cal. Stat. Year).
California Fostering Connections to Success Act, Cal. Assemb. B. 12 (2010-2011),Chapter 559 (Cal. Stat. 2010).
(Name v. Name, year)
(People v. Stockton Pregnancy Control Medical Clinic, 1988)
Statutes (with a name):
(Name of statute)
(Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act)
Statutes (with no name):
(Code abbreviation § section number)
(Cal. Penal Code § 11164)
When citing government documents, provide as much information as you can. The citation largely follows the format for books where the author is the government office or department.
National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS Publication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Non-profit or Non-governmental agency Reports
With a corporate author, retrieved online.
Name of agency. (Year). Title of document(Report number). Retrieved from URL
With an individual as author, retrieved in print or online
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of document (Report number). Location: Publisher. Retrieved from URL.
Paschall, P. (2013). Movement analysis: The impact of the 2012 presidential election on the LGBT policy agenda. Washington, DC: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Retrieved from http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/move_analyisis_2012_elec_obama.pdf.
Government agency. (Year of publication). Title of form. Retrieved from source URL. Here's an example:
Internal Revenue Service. (2012). Form 1040: U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Retrieved from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040.pdf.
Internal Revenue Service. (2012). Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. Retrieved from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f990.pdf.
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