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APA 7th Referencing Style Guide

Data sets

When you use a dataset or datasets created by others, make sure you acknowledge data creators in both in-text citation and reference list.

Reference format

Who When What Where  
Author, A. (Year). Title of the data set (Version number) [Data set]. Publisher Name.
Name of Group. (Year). Title of dataset (Unpublished raw data). Source of Unpublished Data. Retrieved Month dd, Year, from https://xxxx
  • The date for published data - use the year of publication
  • The date for unpublished data - use the year(s) of collection
  • Untitled data - provide a description in square brackets to replace the title of the reference. See APA Manual p.338, s76


Ministry for the Environment. (2016). Vulnerable catchments (Version 17) [Data set].

Ministry of Education. (2015). Transient students [Data set].

Klette, R. (2014). [Data for computer vision spatial value statistics] [Unpublished raw data]. Auckland University of Technology.


Find how to cite in text on the In-text citation page.