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Research Data Literacy 101

This guide will walk you through some of the tools, resources, and best practices for working & visualizing information, including data. Guide 1 of a 3-part series.

Citing Data

Citing data is just as important as citing information from articles and books. How to formulate the citation depends on your style guide. Many data providers will also suggest or recommend their preferred citation.  

The general components of citing data:

  • author
  • title
  • year of publication/dissemination
  • publisher (for data this is often the archive that maintains it)
  • edition or version
  • access information (URL, DOI or other persistent identifier)

For more information about citing data, please visit Michigan State University's Guide.