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Citation Guide: Government Publications

A guide to citing your sources

United States

United States. Dept. of Education. 120 Years of American Education: A Statistical Portrait. Washington: GPO, 1993. Print.

---.---. Columbus in the Capitol. 102d Cong., 1st sess. H. Con. Res. 151. Washington: GPO. 1992. Print.

---.---. Dept. of Education. International Education Indicators: A Time Series Perspective, 1985-1995. Washington: GPO.
   2000. Print.

Thomson, Scott A. Flight Check!: The Story of FAA Flight Inspection. Washington: GPO. 1993. Print.

West Virginia

West Virginia. Div. of Forestry. The Forest Industry of West Virginia 1992. Charleston, WV: WV Dept. of Commerce. 1992. Print.

---.---. Div. of Culture and History. Preserving Our Mountaineer Heritage: West Virginia Statewide Historical Plan
   2002-2006.
Charleston, WV: WV Div. of Culture and History. 2001. Print.

---.---. Dept. of Health and Human Resources. Heart Disease & Stroke: Cardiovascular Disease in West Virginia.
   Charleston, WV: WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources. 2001. Print

* Note: Hanging indents

All MLA citations should be formatted with the first line of an entry flush left and successive lines indented 1/2 ". Use a hanging indent. Do not go by the spacing in the examples we're providing in this guide, as your screen's display format may be different.

If you are using Word follow the steps below. You can select options on the Indents and Spacing tab.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher, and then click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  2. In the Special list under Indentation, click Hanging, and then in the By box, set the amount of space that you want for the hanging indent. (0.5" = 1/2 inch)