USGS Data Management
Citing Your Data
It is important not only to cite published articles but also datasets within a publication. Citing datasets gives proper credit to the researcher and reduces the risk of plagiarism. See Describe > Data Citation for more information.
Example Data Citation
The following example of a dataset citation is from the Earth Science and Information Partners (ESIP).
Zwally, H.J., R. Schutz, C. Bentley, J. Bufton, T. Herring, J. Minster, J. Spinhirne, and R. Thomas. 2003. GLAS/ICESat L1A Global Altimetry Data V018, 15 October to 18 November 2003. National Snow and Ice Data Center. dataset accessed 2011-07-21 at doi:10.3334/NSIDC/gla01.
A typical data citation generally consists of seven elements:
If relevant, other elements can be included such as data format, 3rd party producer, subset of the data, name of editor or contributor, publication place, data within a larger work.See Describe > Data Citation for more information on citing your data.
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