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Environmental Science - Geospatial Data: Citing GIS Data

A collection of links to geospatial and GIS data sources on the Web; links to Seneca Libraries subscription journals/periodicals that offer scholarly articles on geospatial data and GIS; and information about books in the Seneca Libraries collection.

Citing GIS Data

Note: The following citation formats are Seneca Libraries recommendations

APA (7th ed.)
Reference List Citation

Author. (Year, Month Day of Publication). Title of data set (Version number if given) [Data set]. Website Name. URL or DOI


Examples:

Data set from a website 

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. (2019, July 18). Niagara Escarpment minor urban centre [Data set]. Ontario GeoHub. https://geohub.lio.gov.on.ca/datasets/niagara-escarpment-minor-urban-centre?geometry=-151.490%2C38.917%2C-17.984%2C58.786 


Data set from Seneca Libraries Online Geospatial Data Collection

Vegetation communities of concern [Data set]. (n.d.). Seneca Libraries Online Geospatial Data Collection. https://seneca.core.ocls.ca/islandora/object/seneca%3A9354

Note: If author is not given, begin citation with data set title. Use n.d. if publication date of data set is not given.

In-Text Citation

(Author, Year) or if author is not provided (Title, Year)

 

Examples: 

(Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 2019)

(Vegetation, n.d.)

Note: If the data set has a long title, you may shorten it in your in-text citation by using the first word/phrase from the title.

MLA (8th ed.)
Works Cited List Citation

Author. Title of Data Set (Version number if given). Website Name, Day Month Year of Publication, URL or DOI. Accessed Day Month Year accessed, File type.


Examples:

Data set from a website 

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Niagara Escarpment Minor Urban Centre. Ontario GeoHub, 18 July 2019, geohub.lio.gov.on.ca/datasets/niagara-escarpment-minor-urban-centre?geometry=-151.490%2C38.917%2C-17.984%2C58.786. Accessed 5 May 2021, Shapefile.


Data set from Seneca Libraries Online Geospatial Data Collection

Vegetation Communities of Concern. Seneca Libraries Online Geospatial Data Collection, seneca.core.ocls.ca/islandora/object/seneca%3A9354. Accessed 5 May 2021, Shapefile.

Note: If author is not given, begin citation with data set title. If publication date of data set is not given, exclude the date element from the citation.

In-Text Citation

(Author) or if author is not provided (Title)

 

Examples: 

(Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

(Vegetation)

Note: If the data set has a long title, you may shorten it in your in-text citation by using the first word/phrase from the title.

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