Guide: How to cite a Government publication in MLA style

Guide: How to cite a Government publication in MLA style

Cite A Government publication in MLA style

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Use the following template to cite a government publication using the MLA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the MLA style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename. Title. City: Publisher, Year Published. Print.


HIQA,. National Standards For The Protection And Welfare Of Children. 2012. Print.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname)


“All children have a right to be safe and to have access to appropriate services 
and support to enable their growth and development.  Children who are not 
receiving adequate care and protection in their own homes and community are 
amongst the most vulnerable in society.  It is vital, therefore, that these 
children have access to the appropriate services and supports they require”. (HIQA)

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