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I found a document on a government website. How do I cite it in APA?

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The government agency name must include the full hierarchy for the agency: start with the overseeing department and then list the smaller "subdivision" agencies.  For example:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Basic Format:

Government Agency Name. (Date of Publication). Title of report or fact sheet. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

Government Agency Name. (Date of Publication). Title of article or section of website. In Title of report or larger document or larger section. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

Examples:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (2016, June 16). Heart failure fact sheet. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_failure.htm

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2016, December).  Cardiac rehabilitation. In NHLBI’s health topics. Retrieved from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/rehab

In-Text/Parenthetical Citation

"Groups that serve as authors (corporations, associations, government agencies, etc.) are spelled out the first time they appear.  They may be abbreviated in subsequent in-text citations IF the name is long and cumbersome and if the abbreviation if familiar" (p. 176 of the APA Manual). See also University of Washington Health Sciences Library APA Style Guide

Example based on this citation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (2016, June 16). Heart failure fact sheet. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_failure.htm

First in-text citation would be: 

(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], Centers for Disease Control [CDC], Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention [DHDSP], 2016) 

Subsequent in-text citations would be:

(HHS, CDC, DHDSP, 2016)

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