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MLA (8th ed.) Citation Style Guide: Government Documents

Core Elements Format

The MLA 8th ed. does not provide rules for citing specific types of resources.  They provide a universal set of guidelines for any type of material based based on the core elements.  The examples provided in this libguide were created by a Douglas College librarian and follow this format.

Document where the Author is also the Publisher

Title of Document. Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee, Publication Date, URL. Date Accessed.



Agriculture in Harmony with Nature: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sustainable Development Strategy 2001-2004. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2001, Accessed 12 Dec. 2016.


(Agriculture in Harmony 18)

"When a work's author and publisher are separate organizations, give both names, starting the entry with the one that is the author.  When an organization is both author and publisher, begin the entry with the work's title, skipping the author element, and list the organization only as publisher." (MLA Handbook, 8th ed, p. 104)

Government Document where the Author is also the Publisher

Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Understanding the Trends, 1990-2006. Environment Canada, 2008, Accessed 19 Jan. 2017.


(Canada's Greenhouse 17)

Government Document with a Personal Author (Statistics Canada)

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Document." Statistics Canada, Publication Date, URL. Date Accessed.


Pearson, Caryn. "The Impact of Mental Health Problems on Family Members." Statistics Canada, 7 Oct. 2015, Accessed 19 Nov. 2016.


(Pearson 4)

When providing the URL, copy the full URL from your browser but do not include the http:// or https://

(MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 110)

Government Document - Print

Information Use by the Ministry of Health in Resource Allocation Decisions for the Regional Health Care System. Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia, 2002.


(Information Use 22)