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STAT_301-1: Data Science (Kuyper): Data Citations

This research guide is intended as a list of data sources for Prof Arend Kuyper's data science sequence.

Why Cite Data?

Data citation resources

Data citation tips

The publisher may have author guidelines on how to cite data. Also, look for examples from previously published papers.

The repository or source of the dataset may have suggested citations. 

If there are no recommended data citation models, try using DataCite recommendations for the minimum format for citing data:

Required elements

  • Creator- Creator or author of the data set
  • Publication Year
  • Title- Title of the dataset
  • Publisher
  • Identifier- a unique identifier of the dataset, such as a DOI or a link to the dataset.

Optional elements (as appropriate)

  • Version- If a dataset has more than one version, it is important to put the version you used in the citation.
  • Resource Type

Recommended forms of a data citation are:

Creator (Publication Year): Title. Publisher. Identifier

Creator (Publication Year): Title. Version. Publisher. Resource Type. Identifier


ICPSR: Dataset Citation Examples

The Cite This Study link in the image above is provided for every ICPSR dataset.  When you follow that link, the complete citation is presented in a pop-up window along with the format used (as shown in the image below).  Capture the citation using copy/paste or use the links provided to export the citation to a citation management software program.

Roper Center: Dataset Citation Examples

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research provides a guide to citing Roper data.

When viewing iPOLL Question Details, scroll past the data chart to view the data sources notes.  Clicking the View Citation link will bring the complete, formal citation into view.

When viewing a Roper dataset abstract the citation is provided, as shown below.

DOI-driven Citation Tool

Paste the dataset DOI into the CrossCite tool to generate a citation.  Select the style needed from the pulldown menu.  Copy/Paste the citation into your document/email. [NOTE: Compare the citation below to that provided by ICPSR in the box above]