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Government Documents

Welcome to the North Carolina Central University Libguide for Governemnt Documents. Your Government Documents Librarian is Eric Morris, and he is available online emorris@nccu.edu and at (919) 530-6598

Web Sources

Web Sources

Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications

Citing United States Government Publications. From Indiana University.

Cite Source

Shows original document, how to cite it, how to make footnote type references, and sample citations for six major style formats.

Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Offers examples from legislative, executive, judicial sources, and, more limited, international organizations. From the University of Nevada-Reno documents. Uses APA or MLA format. From Arizona State University Library.

General Guidelines for Citing Government Publications

General principles with limited examples. From the University of North Texas Libraries

Citation Guide for Historic U.S. Government Publications

Brief examples for citing Congressional Record and predecessor publications plus other legislative materials. From the Library of Congress.

How A Bill Becomes A Law

Laws are an important part of society, setting rules that help to guarantee our rights, determine what is or isn’t a crime, and determine how our tax dollars will be spent. Before a new idea can become law, it must be approved by the United States Congress. This is why members of Congress are often referred to as lawmakers. Congress consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. A bill must go through a series of steps to be approved by the federal government and become a law.