How to cite a policy brief

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A policy brief is a succinct document that outlines the rationale behind a specific policy choice. Just as with any other source, you must include a policy brief in a reference list at the end of your paper if you use it as a source of information. If you are adhering to Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines, you should cite a policy brief as you would any other non-periodical Internet source.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    List the author's last name, a comma, first initial and a period. For example:

    Kirkegaard, J.

  2. 2

    List the year in which the brief was issued. This should appear in parentheses and be followed by a comma. For example:

    (2010).

  3. 3

    List the full title of the brief in italics, followed by a period. List the policy number in parentheses, if available. Capitalise only the first letter of the title, along with the first letters of any proper nouns. For example:

    How Europe can muddle through its crisis (Policy brief 10-27).

  4. 4

    List the full URL in the following format:

    Retrieved from http://www.petersoninstitute.org/publications/interstitial.cfm?ResearchID=1723.>

  5. 5
  1. 1

    List the last name, a comma, first name and a period. For example:

    Kirkegaard, Jacob.

  2. 2

    List the full title of the brief in italics, followed by a period. For example:

    Policy Brief 10-27: How Europe Can Muddle Through Its Crisis.

  3. 3

    List the name of the publisher, followed by a comma. For example:

    Peterson Institute for International Economics,

  4. 4

    List the date of publication, followed by a period. This should appear in a day-month-year format. For example:

    1 Dec. 2010.

  5. 5

    List the medium of publication, followed by a period. For example:

    Web.

  6. 6

    List the date on which you accessed the information, followed by a period. For example:

    1 Dec. 2010.

  7. 7

    List the full URL in angle brackets:

    <http://www.petersoninstitute.org/publications/interstitial.cfm?ResearchID=1723>

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