Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 08, 2017 Views: 36465
To cite a report in a reference entry, include the author, year, title of the report, the report number (if there is one), the location of the publisher, and the publisher.
In-text citations would follow the typical format of including the author (or authoring organization) and year of publication.
If it is an online source with an agency or organization as author, you would include the author, year, title of the report, the report number (if there is one), and the retrieval information in your reference entry.
If it is an online source with an author that is different than the agency or organization itself, instead of the publication information, include Retrieved from the authoring agency’s name with the URL of the website. View some examples below.
Organization as author (print)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). National healthcare quality report 2012 (Report No. 13-
0002). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Organization as author (online)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Health Statistics Reports. (2008). National health statistics
reports: Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults and children: United States, 2007 (Report No.
12). Retrieved from https://nccam.nih.gove/sites/nccam.nih.gove/files/news/nhsr12.pdf
Author that is different than the agency or organization (online)
Barnes, P., Bloom, B. & Nahin, R. (2008). National health statistics reports: Complementary and alternative medicine
use among adults and children: United States, 2007(Report No. 12). Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics website:
Report without a number (online)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. (2014). The
health consequences of smoking—50 years of progress: A report of the surgeon general, 2014.Retrieved from
- Learn how to cite the CDC website.
- See an example of how to cite an institutional report on this webpage.
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