Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Microdata Use: Citing Mircodata

Major sources of microdata by country and subject and tips research use

How to cite Microdata

In this part of the guide we will show you how to properly cite data sources for academic work in APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. Consult the table below to find templates and examples of citing microdata in these different styles using data linked in this guide as examples. 

Style Template Example
APA Author. (year of release).Title of the data file: Subtitle if relevant [Description of form]. Location: Name of producer. Retrieved from URL Statistics Canada. (2016).  Census Profile, 2016: Profiles of Community of Region [HTML data file]. Ottowa, ON: Statistics Canada. Retrieved from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/catalogue/98-316-X2016001
MLA Author Last Name, First Name. Title of data set. (Version). Publisher location: Publisher name, Date of publication. Medium of publication. Date accessed. doi/url of data Statistics Canada. Census Profile, 2016: Profiles of Community of Region. Ottowa, ON: Statistics Canada, 2016. HTML data file. Accessed Mar 20, 2020. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/catalogue/98-316-X2016001
Chicago Author Last Name, First Name. Title of data set. Version. (Date Month day, year). Publisher name, url/doi of data Statistics Canada. Census Profile, 2016: Profiles of Community Region. (2016). Statistics Canada, https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/catalogue/98-316-X2016001