Skip to main content

Citation Styles Playbook

The purpose of this playbook is to help you cite the sources used in your academic research.

Miscellaneous

Government report, with named author(s)

Author Last name, First name. Year of Publication. Title of Report. Report series or description (if available). Report number (if available). Location of Publication: Publisher or sponsoring government agency/department.

Bonczar, Thomas P., and Allen J. Beck. 1997. Lifetime Likelihood of Going to State or Federal Prison. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. NCJ 160092. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.

Government report, agency author

Government agency or department. Year of Publication. Title of Report. Report series or description (if available). Report number (if available). Location of Publication: Publisher or sponsoring government agency/department.

U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1960. Characteristics of Population. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Government report, online

Government agency or department. Year of Publication. "Title of Report." Report series or description (if available). Report number (if available). Retrieved Month Day, Year (URL).

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2011. "Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2010." Report 1032. Retrieved July 17, 2012 (http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsrace2010.pdf).

Legal citation

Note: Legal citations may be included in the References list for some sources, such as legal statutes or court decisions.

Legal statutes:

Title of Constitution, Law, or Ordinance (if unique title is available), Legal document, numerical designation (Year, if applicable).

Telecommunications Act of 1996, Public Law 104-104, 110 U.S. Statutes at Large 56 (1996).

U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 4.

Court decisions:

Case name, Case number (Year).

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

Williams v. Davis, 27 Cal. 2d 746 (1946).

Note: See the American Sociological Association Style Guide Section 4.4.1 for additional examples of how to cite various legal works.