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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, please note that the text will open below the menu.

Data sets

Data sets

The instructions on this page concern 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.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including how to write in-text references and construct a reference list, the number of authors to be included, how to write references to two or more works within the same parenthesis, what to do if you have several references with the same author and publication date, how you cite specific parts of works, how to handle incomplete reference information (e.g. missing author information or no publication date), and when/how to use acronyms.

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)

(Naturvårdsverket, n.d.)

Data from Dunn and Møller (2014)...

Mehta et al. (2017) collected...

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

...using data from Naturvårdsverket (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.

Naturvårdsverket. (n.d.). Kvävedioxid de senaste 24 timmarna [Nitrogen dioxide the last 24 hours] [Data set]. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from