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How to Cite Data: Geospatial Data

The purpose of citations is to enable others to find the same sources you used. Data are like any other source and should be cited in your bibliography and your writing.

Geospatial Data and Map Citation Examples

From Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide:

Basic form:

Author. Title. Edition. Place of production: Producer, Date of copyright or production.


U.S. Bureau of the Census. TIGER/Line: Redistricting Census 2000 on DVD. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of the Census, 2001.

Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide

More Geospatial Data Citation Guides

Here are some additional guides on citing geospatial data and maps from other institutions and organizations: