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How to Cite GAO Reports in APA Format


When writing a composition paper for college, it is important to correctly cite all sources. Incorrect citation may be misconstrued as plagiarism, and a wrong reference looks sloppy and may lower your grade. If you are citing a report of the U.S. Government Accountability Office in your reference page, the style guidelines set out by the American Psychological Association are clear about how your citation should appear.

List the name of the author, followed by a period. When citing a GAO report, the author's name should appear as follows:

U.S. Government Accountability Office.

List the year and month of publication in the following format:

(2009, August).

List the title of the report in italics. If there is a subtitle, the main title and subtitle should be separated by a colon. Only the first word of the subtitle should be capitalized. Follow the full title with a period. For example:

An Act to Overturn Taxation: Why this is really no good for anyone.

List the publication number of the report in the following format:

(Publication No. GAO-09-434).

List the name of the database from which you accessed the information and the URL in the following format:

Retrieved from GAO Reports Main Page via GPO Access database: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html

Be sure that your complete citation appears in the following format:

U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2009, August). An Act to Overturn Taxation: Why this is really no good for anyone. (Publication No. GAO-09-434). Retrieved from GAO Reports Main Page via GPO Access database: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html

Don't forget to italicize the title and subtitle of the report.

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