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Love Your Data Activity 4: Respect your Data- GIVE & GET CREDIT

Proper citation of data sources has immediate and long term benefits. For data producers, citation provides proper attribution and credit. Consistently cited data sets create a bibliographic "trail" much like citation metrics that are associated more traditionally with journal articles. This tracking allows data producers to demonstrate the impact of their work and helps to establish research data as an important contribution to the scholarly record. For users, citation makes it easier to find datasets, encouraging the reuse of data for new research questions.

When citing data, include the following important information:

  • creator(s) or contributor(s)

  • date of publication

  • title of dataset

  • publisher

  • identifier (e.g. Handle, ARK, DOI) or URL of source

  • version, when appropriate

  • date accessed, when appropriate

The order of the information is not as important as having sufficient information to find the data set(s) used.

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