Q. For APA, how do I figure out who the author is for government agency authored sources when there are many levels of the agency listed??


According to the 7th edition of the APA Manual, “use the most specific agency as the author in the reference…” (APA, 2020, p.288)

For example, if the following document is being cited:

The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders should be used in the author segment of the reference. 

If there is a situation where there are multiple layers and the most specific agency name is confusing to the reader, include the parent agency just above that agency.


White House. Office of the Press Secretary. (1998). …

  • Last Updated Jun 30, 2020
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  • Answered By Ashley Fyvie, Graduate Studies Librarian

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