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Citation Help: Data Sets, Software & Tests

APA Citation Help: Data Sets, Software, and Tests

Data Sets, Software, and Tests

Note: Citations with more than one line of text should have a hanging indent of 1/2 inch or 5 spaces.

Important Elements:

  • Author (last name, initials only for first & middle names)
  • Date
  • Title 
  • Publisher/ Database
  • URL or DOI

Data Set Template

Author, A.A. (2020). Title of data set (version 1.2) [Data set]. Publisher Name. DOI or URL

Template for Software and Mobile Apps

Author, A.A. (2020). Title of work (version 1.2) [Computer software]. Publisher. URL

Template for Test, Scales, and Invientories

Author, A.A. (2020). Title of the Test. Test Database Name. URL


Data Set

Pew Research Center. (2018). American trends panel Wave 26 [Data set].

Unpublished raw data

Oregon Youth Authority. (2011). Recidivism outcomes [Unpublished raw data]. 


Borenstien, M., Hedges, L., Higgins, J., & Rothstein, H. (2014). Comprehensive meta-analysis (Version 3.3.070) [Computer software]. Biostatistics.

Manual for test, scale, or inventory

Tellegen, A., & Ben-Porath, Y. S. (2011). Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF): Technical Manual. Pearson.

Test, scale, or inventory

Project Implicit. (n.d.) Gender-Science IAT.

Some examples courtesy of APA Publication Manual

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