If the author is a government department or agency, list the department/agency as the author and leave out the "Agency Name" section.
If a government department is considered to be the author of the report and has a well-known abbreviation, you do not need to type out the full name in each in-text citation. In the first in-text citation of your paper, type out the full name of the department followed by the abbreviation in brackets or parentheses. After that, you can use the abbreviated title.
Reference Page Format:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of Publication). Title of report. Agency Name. URL
U.S. Department of Education. (2019). FY 2018 annual performance report and FY 2020 annual performance plan. https://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/2020plan/fy18apr-fy20app.pdf
First in-text citation:
... (U.S. Department of Education [USDE], 2019).
According to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE, 2019)...
After the first in-text citation:
... (USDE, 2019).
According to the USDE (2019)...
Note that unlike many other reference types, the title of the case is listed in standard type in the reference list and in italics for in-text citations.
Reference Page Format:
Name v. Name, Volume U.S. Page (Year). URL
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/347us483
Brown v. Board of Education (1954) shows that ...
...(Brown v. Board of Education, 1954).
U.S.C. stands for United States Code. The § symbol stands for "section" and can be inserted in Word with the "Insert Symbol" function, or copied and pasted from this guide.
Name of Act, Title Number U.S.C. § Section Number (Year). URL
Every Student Succeeds Act, 20 U.S.C. § 6301 (2015). https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1177
The Every Student Succeeds Act (2015) states that ...
...(Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015).
The § symbol stands for "section" and can be inserted in Microsoft Word with the "Insert Symbol" function, or copied and pasted from this guide.
Name of Statute, State Stat. § Section Number (Year). URL
Nurse Practice Act, Minn. Stat. § 148.171 (2019). https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/148.171
The Nurse Practice Act (2019) states that ...
...(Nurse Practice Act, 2019).
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