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APA 7th edition - Reference guide: Data sets

Reference guide for APA 7th edition, a guide intended for students at the Univesity of Fort Hare to learn how format references according to the APA 7th edition style.

Data sets

Data sets

The instructions on this page are valid for references to data sets. Some data sets will have a group author, e.g. organization, company or authority, instead of a personal author. If the group author is the same as the publisher, omit the site name from the reference. For data sets where the content is designed to change over time, you conclude the reference with information on the retrieval date in addition to the URL in the format “Retrieved Month DD, YYYY, from http://xxxx”.

If a DOI has been assigned to the data set, you should include this number after the name of the publisher. If no DOI has been assigned and you are accessing the data online, use the URL of the website from which it was retrieved.

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (YYYY). Title of data set (Version #) [Data set]. Publisher. DOI or URL


In-text references  

(Dunn & Møller, 2014)

(Mehta et al., 2017)

(Statistics Sweden, 2019)

(Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, n.d.)

Data from Dunn and Møller (2014)...

Mehta et al. (2017) collected...

According to the data from Statistics Sweden (2019)...

...using data from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (n.d.).

Reference list

Dunn, P. O., & Møller, A. P. (2014). Data from: Changes in breeding phenology and population size of birds [Data set]. Dryad.

Mehta, D., Stürchler, A., Anjanappa, R., Syed, S. A., Hirsch-Hoffmann, M., Gruissem, W., & Vanderschuren, H. (2017). Data: Linking CRISPR-Cas9 interference in cassava to the evolution of editing-resistant geminiviruses (Version 2) [Data set]. Zenodo.

Statistics Sweden. (2019). National parks and nature reserves in marine surroundings by region, observations and year [Data set]. SCB Statistical database.

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.). Kvävedioxid de senaste 24 timmarna [Data set]. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from