How do you cite a PDF document such as this one:


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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 5056

Since you are in Health & Science, you'll probably need to cite the document in APA format, so I'll follow those guidelines in my response.
I looked up the page where the Kaiser Family Foundation posted the PDF file, located at The page calls the publication an "issue brief", which is handy since we can relate that directly to citation example #35 on page 206 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), which is as follows:
Employee Benefit Research Institute. (1992, February). Sources of health insurance and
characteristics of the uninsured (Issue Brief No. 123). Washington, DC: Author.
This example fits a lot of the same information you are given in your PDF article, but I would make two changes.
1) The KFF page tells us that your information was provided by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, which is part of the Kaiser Family Foundation. In the first portion of the citation where you would include the responsible party (in the example, the Employee Benefit Research Institute), I would follow the format of the APA manual's citation example #32 for a task force report, in which you list the larger organization and then the smaller committee or task force:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
2) The last portion of the example (location: author) is really meant for print materials. Since you have an electronic item, I would use the information for an electronic resource according to the standard in citation example #32 as well:
Retrieved from
*Note that the address used is that of the webpage on which the information about the article and the link to the article itself is found. Citations are meant for readers to look up the information you found, and the informational webpage is much more useful than just the link to the file itself.
More information can be found in the APA Manual, which the Trustee Library keeps in our reference collection for student use. Let us know if we can help you with anything else!

Comments (1)

  1. That was extremely helpful! I'm a health administration student, and I come across information briefs all the time in my research. I'm fairly new to APA, and I wanted to make sure I was doing it the correct way. This really helped. Thanks for sharing.
    by Bernestine on Jul 15, 2015.

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