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U.S. Government Publications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison : Chicago

How to find U.S. government publications at University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries.

Online guide to citing government publications using Chicago style

Chicago - Style Citation Quick Guide for Government Documents. From Bowdoin College Library.  "provides examples of citations for government documents based on the Notes and Bibliography system of the 15th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS15). Although the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is the 16th edition, we recommend the use of CMS15 for government documents because the 16th edition does not include guidance for the creation of bibliographic entries for those resources."

General gov docs citing guides

These resources are not specific to a citation style, but provide guidelines and examples that can be adapted to different styles.

Cheney, Debora. The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: a Manual for Social Science & Business Research. Bethesda, MD: LexisNexis; Congressional Information Service, c2002.

Call number: J9.5 G37 2002


  • Memorial Library Reference Desk Room 262 (non-circulating)
  • Steenbock Library Stacks (1st Floor)
  • Wendt Commons (Engineering) Books (2nd Floor)

Web Sites

Need to cite articles, books, or Web pages?

General Cite Sources tips from the UW-Madison Libraries

UW-Madison Writing Center's Writer's Handbook has a section on Documentation (APA, Chicago, CBE, MLA, etc.).

Information on quoting and paraphrasing from UW-Madison's Writing Center

Video tutorial "Introduction to Plagiarism" from the UW-Madison Libraries 

Information from the UW Madison Libraries on citation managers

Federal Depository Library Program

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program, the UW-Madison Libraries make U.S. government publications available to the public at no fee.

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