AMA Citation & Reference Style

Citation Tips:

Citation Tips


How do I cite publications from the US Government Printing Office?


If an author lists US Government Printing Office as the publisher, AMA prefers you to obtain the name of the issuing bureau, agency, or department, if possible.

AMA Citation Style for Government Publications and Reports

Government/Agency Publications:

References to bulletins published by departments or agencies of a government should include the following information, in the order indicated:

  • name of author (if available)
  • title of bulletin
  • name of issuing bureau, agency, department, or other governmental division
  • date of publication
  • page numbers (if available)
  • publication number (if available)
  • series number (if available)
  • online accessed date (if applicable)
  • web address (if available)

Government Reports:

Tip: Government Reports are treated the same as an electronic journal and book reference.

  • Apply the same rules as journal style for articles and book style for monographs. 
  • Include the published and updated date (if available) as well as accessed date
Type of Entry Reference List

Government Report

Author (if available). Title. Name of governmental division. Date of publication. Page numbers (if available). Publication number (if available). Series number (if available). Accessed [date] (if applicable). Web address (if available).

Johnston LD, O'Malley PM, Bachman JG, Schulenberg JE, Miech RA. Monitoring the Future: National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2014: College Students and Adults Ages 19-55. Vol 2. National Institute on Drug Abuse, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014

National Institute of Public Health. Importance of Blood Donation: Requirements and Restrictions. Published in Spanish. National Institute of Public Health of Mexico; 2015.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Women on the Run: First-Hand Accounts of Refugees Fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. UNHCR: UN Refugee Agency; 2015. Accessed August 16, 2016.


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