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MLA Style Citation Examples: Gov't/Legal

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Government publication

NOTE: To cite legal documents, the MLA Handbook uses The Chicago Manual of Style.

WORKS CITED (print congressional publication)

[ MLA Citing Example of Print Government Publication ]

      IN TEXT

      (United States, Congress, House, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 2).

WORKS CITED (online congressional publication)

[ MLA Citation Example for Online Congressional Publication ]

      IN TEXT

      (United States, Congress, Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 25).

WORKS CITED (Agency and publisher are the same)

[ Example ]

      IN TEXT

      (The Adirondack Park 63).


WORKS CITED (Government agency is not the same as publisher)

[ Example ]

     IN TEXT

     (Great Britain, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food 29).



(For more examples look on pages 104 & 105 in the eighth edition)

United States, Congress, House, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat. Government Printing Office, 2006. 109th Congress, 2nd session, House Report 615. 




(For more examples, see pages 104 & 105 in the eighth edition)

Missouri, Office of the Secretary of State, Missouri State Archives. "Before Dred Scott: Freedom Suits in Antebellum Missouri." Missouri Digital Heritage.
education/aahi/beforedredscott/history_freedomsuits. Accessed 26 July 2016.   


(Before Dred Scott).

Case law

WORKS CITED (case law)

[ MLA Citation Example for Case Law ]


(United States' Supreme Court).

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