How to Cite Government Publications in Chicago Style

In our citation examples we use the following color coding:

  • Red – Author
  • Blue – Title of book/article/charter/webpage
  • Pink – Date
  • Orange – Website/Publisher
  • Turquoise – Place of publication
  • Violet – Editor/Translator
  • Peach – Additional information about the source (i.e. its type, specific features etc.)

Statistics

Example:

Canada. Statistics Canada. Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in 2006: Inuit, Metis and First

Nations, 2006 Census. 2006 Census Analysis Ser. 97-558-XIE2006001. Ottawa, 2008.

Footnote citation:

1. Canada, Statistics Canada, Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in 2006: Inuit, Metis and

First Nations, 2006 Census, 2006 Census Analysis Ser. 97-558-XIE2006001, Ottawa, 2008.

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Government report

Just in case you need to know — the information presented here is taken from the 15th edition of CMS (because there is nothing written about government reports in the latest, 16th edition).

Example:

Canada. British Columbia. Ministry of Education. Learning Assessment Branch. The 1982

B.C Science Assessment. Edited by Hugh Taylor. [Victoria, B.C.]: Queen’s Printer, 1982.

Plant, P. Geoffrey. Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s

Post-Secondary Education System. [Victoria, B.C.]: Ministry of Advanced Education, 2007.

Footnote citation:

1. Canada, British Columbia, Ministry of Education. Learning Assessment Branch, The

1982 B.C Science Assessment, edited by Hugh Taylor. [Victoria, B.C.]: Queen’s Printer, 1982.

2. Geoffrey P. Plant, Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British

Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, [Victoria, B.C.]: Ministry of Advanced Education, 2007.

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