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UC Referencing Guide

Government Document


Author. Year of publication. Title of Work. Report number. Location: Publisher. DOI or URL

Note: If the country of the government department is clear from the context then it may be omitted from the author.

e.g. Australia. Department of Finance and Administrations would become simply Department of Finance and Administration.


Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2007. Australian Social Trends. Cat. No. 4102.0. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Department of Finance and Administration. 2006. Delivering Australian Government Services: Managing Multiple Channels. Canberra: Department of Finance and Administration.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2008. Families in Australia 2008. Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

No Author / Editor

Note: If the author, editor, translator, of the like is unknown, the reference should start with the title.  Works attributed to "Anonymous" should use this as the author.


Title of Work. Year of publication. Edition. Location: Publisher. URL

Anonymous. Year of publication. Title of Work. Edition. Location: Publisher. URL


Anonymous. 1796. On the Prosodies of teh Greek and Latin Languages. London.

Macroeconomics, Prices and Quantities: Essays in Memory of Arthur M. Okun. 1983. Oxford: Blackwell.

No Location / Publisher / Year

If the location is unknown, the abbreviation n.p. takes the place of the location.

If the publisher is unknown, just enter the location and date.

If the year is unknown, the abbreviation n.d. or an estimated year in brackets bakes the place of the year.


Browne, J. D. n.d. Forensic Science as a Career. London: Tower.

Smythe, V. [2007?]. Ant Colonies: How They Communicate. Canberra: Emu.

Citing a Source Within a Source

It is always better to read the original source of a quote, however, you may not always have access to the original source. When citing a source you haven't read yourself, but which is referred to in a source you have read, include the original author and date in the text and cite the secondary source.

In-text reference

Schwartz 1987 (quoted in Burton, Westen and Kowalski 2009, p.576) stated that "..."


 Burton, Lorelle, Drew Westen and Robin Kowalski. 2009. Psychology. 2nd ed. Milton, Australia: Wiley.

EndNote Reference Type

Government Document