cite gov docs in APA


I was wondering if you could assist me in how to properly cite these 2 references? Zotero does not create them automatically and I have referred to the APA manual for assistance but I am kind of confused on how they are classified so I am uncertain on my accuracy.

Answered By: Emily Thornton
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2019     Views: 981

Here's the specific post from the official APA Style blog that I used to create these references:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (2018). SEVIS by the numbers: Biannual report on international student trends. Retrieved from

National Center for Educational Statistics. (2018). Fast facts: Back to school statistics. Retrieved May 21, 2019, from
(I included a retrieval date here and not in the ICE one. That's because the ICE one has a very stable-looking URL that definitely will always point to the April 2018 report PDF. This Fast Facts URL could easily change, like maybe NCES will reuse the same URL and update the information to the 2019 data when it's available. Including the retrieval date helps your reader understand that you were looking at *this* version of the stats, not any future version that might be different)

The in-text citations would be (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 2018) and (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2018). If you're going to use either of these citations several times, talk to me about how to properly abbreviate ICE and NCES in the later citations.

There's a way to make Zotero do this for you.

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