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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, the text will open below the menu.

Committee reports

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NB! The APA (7th edition) manual does not contain any specific instructions on how to refer to government publications outside of the United States. The recommendation is instead to format the references according to guidelines in each country. According to Swedish legal practice, you use the official abbreviation for a legal document as your in-text reference and you do not provide a reference in the reference list. Please note that we have chosen to depart from this practice in our instructions by adding a reference in the reference list with information that will help the reader find the source, since the target audience of the texts produced at our departments are usually not legal practitioners. The instructions under this section are our interpretation of how to apply APA (7th edition) to committee reports (utskottsbetänkanden). 

When citing committee reports, you should make it clear to the reader what type of document you are referring to by including either the title or a description of the document together with the in-text reference the first time you cite the source. If you accessed the report online, include the URL of the website from which it was retrieved in the reference.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including 

Template for how to format references to Commission reports in the reference list

Bet. YYYY/YY:Committee acronym. Title. URL

Examples of in-text references to Commission reports

In a report from the Committee on Environment and Agriculture (Bet. 2019/20:MJU1) concerning the allocation of resources to environmental protection and nature conservation...

In their report on public transportation (Bet. 2018/19:TU13), the Committee on Transport and Communications writes...

Examples of references to Commission reports in the reference list

Bet. 2019/20:MJU1. Utgiftsområde 20 Allmän miljö- och naturvård [Category 20 General environmental protection and nature conservation].

Bet. 2018/19:TU13. Kollektivtrafik [Public transport].