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How to cite government reports and Acts of Parliament

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These are general guidelines for students in departments other than law who may need to use government material. For example nursing students who may use Department of Health reports. Law students should use OSCOLA guidelines as recommended by the Department.

Citing government reports in Harvard UoB format

Since government reports are often the responsibility of a particular department, treat the department as the author (including within the text).

Citing a direct quote

A recent study (Department of Health, 2009, p.24.) stated that "62,000 patients waited for more than 8 weeks before receiving an outpatient appointment". 

Paraphrasing

A recent study (Department of Health, 2009) found that 62,000 patients waited over 8 weeks for an outpatient appointment. 

Reference List:

The elements which should be included in your reference list/bibliography are:

(i) Great Britain

(ii) Name of government department

(iii) Year of publication (in round brackets)

(iv) Title (in italics)

(v) Place of publication: publisher.

(vi) Series (in brackets) - if applicable

If referencing an online version replace Place of publication: publisher with:

(v) [Online]

(vi) Available at: URL

(vii) (Accessed: date) 

Examples:

Great Britain. Department of Health (2009) NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting times. London: The Stationery Office.

Great Britain. Department of Health (2009) NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting times [Online]. Available at: http://www.govtoday.co.uk/health/44-public-health/552-nhs-inpatient-and-outpatient-waiting-times-figures-31st-january-2009 (Accessed: 4 December 2013).



Citing Acts of Parliament (post-1963) in Harvard UoB format

Each UK Act of Parliament has a chapter number (simply the number of the act during that Parliamentary year). Sometimes you will see both the chapter number, and the sovereign's name quoted in the reference.

Citing a direct quote

Section 18(6) states "For the purposes of this section, regulations may make provision as to the specification of, or means of calculating, the basic price of any drugs, medicines or listed appliances" (Great Britain, National Health and Community Care Act 1990). 

Paraphrasing

Regulations may stipulate the specifications of, or the basic prices of any drugs, medicines or listed appliances (Great Britain, National Helath and Community Care Act 1990). 

Reference List:

The elements which should be included in your reference list / bibliography are:

(i) Great Britain

(ii) Name of Act: name of sovereign. Chapter number (in italics)

(iii) Year of publication (in round brackets) 

(iv) Place of publication: publisher.

If referencing an online version replace Place of publication: publisher with:

(iv) [Online]

(v) Available at: URL

(vi) (Accessed: date)

Examples:

Great Britain. National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990: Elizabeth II. Chapter 19, (1990) London: The Stationery Office.

Great Britain. National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990: Elizabeth II. Chapter 19. (1990) [Online]. Available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/19/contents (Accessed: 4 December 2013).

Referencing      
This guide uses the UoB-Harvard system. Always consult your unit handbook or tutor to make sure you are using the correct system for the unit. Some subjects use other systems.
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