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Lichtenberger Engineering Library

Citing Sources

Citation format instruction for technical & scientific writing.

American Psychological Association (APA)

General Format for Reference List

If dataset has a doi
Rights holder, A. A. (Year). Title of program (Version number)[Dataset]. doi: doi number

If dataset has no doi
Rights holder, A. A. (Year). Title of program (Version number)[Dataset]. Retrieved from http://xxx

Example
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. (2013). Treatment episode data set -- discharges (TEDS-D) -- concatenated, 2006 to 2009 [Dataset]. doi:10.3886/ICPSR30122.v2

In Text Citation

Your text here with the reference in the sentence and the reference goes at the end of the sentence using the format (Rights holder, year).

Chicago

General Format for Footnotes/Endnotes
#. Name of the database (descriptive phrase or record locator; access date), URL. 

Subsequent references to same same 
Next #. Name of databasedescriptive phrase or record locator.

Example

1. NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (object name IRAS F00400+4059; accessed April 6, 2016), http://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/.
2. NASA/IPAC, object name IRAS F00400+4059.

If the title for standard is long a shorted title can be used in subsequent references so long is it is still obvious where it came from. The full title must be used for the first reference to a source. (See example above)

General Format for Bibliographic Entry

Name of the database (descriptive phrase or record locator; access date). URL. 

Example

NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (object name IRAS F00400+4059; accessed April 6, 2016). http://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/.

Modern Language Association (MLA)

MLA has not developed a specific citation style for datasets, the general rules for citing a web document may be applied.

General Format for Reference List

Author Last Name, First Name. Title of dataset. (Version). Publisher location: Publisher name, Date of publication. Medium of publication. Date accessed. doi/url of data

Example

​Pew Hispanic Center. Changing channels and crisscrossing cultures: A survey of Latinos on the news media. (Data file and code book). Washington, DC: Pew Research Center, 2004. Web. 19 Sep 2011. <http://pewhispanic.org/datasets/signup.php?DatasetID=5>

In Text Citation
Your text about the reference (Organization, Title of dataset).