Properly citing data assists in the research process by giving data creators proper credit for their work, aids replication, provides permanent and reliable information about the data source, helps track the impact of the data, and facilitates resource discovery and access.
Citing Data From Others
In many cases, a data provider will include recommended citation formats. Recommended citations can come either with the dataset or from elsewhere on the website. Also note that the producers of a particular dataset may request that users of the data cite a publication in which the data are described, rather than citing the dataset.
When a data provider does not recommend a citation format, we recommend these general citation guidelines:
Check out the library's Citation Guide for help with the various styles used on campus.
This guide on data citation from Columbia University offers strategies and resources for citing data.