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.

APA Referencing Guide

Based on the NWU Referencing Guide.


A dataset is a collection of data organised in a certain structure for processing by statistical software. Datasets are stored in repositories, websites or can be published as accompanying material to a journal article, thesis, etc. Because of the possibility for data to be re-used by other researchers it is necessary to cite datasets. A citation to a dataset must have the following elements:

Author, Date, Title (in italics), Description (e.g. dataset), Publisher or repository, DOI, URL or permanent link.

APA Referencing - Datasets