How to Cite a Policy Statement in APA Format

Policies detail the manner in which public and private organizations conduct business and operations. Policies can be general, covering company-wide policy or be very specific to outline rules for certain employees, job duties or events. Statements are usually part of a larger policy, the latter of which should be cited. Regardless of what is covered in the policy, the American Psychological Association style of citation requires you to give credit to a policy used in a research document. There are slight differences in citing public policy versus private policy.

Cite all policies as parenthetical in-text citations with APA style. The author, which is the organization or company with policy statements, as well as the date of publication should be included. For example: (American Red Cross, 2011).

Cite public policies, also referred to as government policy, as the organization, the publication date, the title, the filing number, the publisher of the policy and its location. For example: Food Safety Inspection Service. (2002). Freezing safety policy. (USDA Publication No. 23-9890). Washington, DC: USDA Printing Office.

Cite private policies in a manner similar to the public policy citation but a filing number is not necessary. In the case of private policies, the publisher is usually the author so you simply write “author” instead of re-listing the information. For example: American Red Cross. (2011). Tornado response policy. Chicago, IL: Author.