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Citing Business Information: Government Sources

This guide offers examples how to cite commonly-used business information sources.

How to Cite Government Information

When citing Government data, follow these guidelines;

  • Include format type in brackets [ ] to describe format, not title information (e.g. data set, data file, codebook). 
  • Use “Available from” if the URL or DOI points you to a website or information on how to obtain or download data at a general site that houses data sets. Use “Retrieved from” if the URL or DOI takes you directly to the data table or database. 

How to Cite Congressional Research Service reports

Image of title page of CRS report called Right to Work Laws Legislative Background and Empirical Research

How to Cite American FactFinder

How to Cite datasets from the Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (2016). Gross Output by industry 2008-2015. [Data file] Available from 

How to Cite Government Accountability Office reports

  • Government Accountability Office. (2012). Charter schools: Additional federal attention needed to help protect access for students with disabilities. (GAO Publication No. 12-543). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved from

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