If you reference data in your publications it is good practice to cite it properly. This should be done in a similar way to citing an article or book, and will include:
Help others cite you by providing an example of how you’d like your work to be cited – this encourages proper attribution when it is re-used., data centres and repositories may have their own preferred citation style, so consult their specific guidance.
Some examples of citations from a selection of data repositories:
Edwards DL, Keogh JS, Knowles LL (2012) Data from: Effects of vicariant barriers, habitat stability, population isolation and environmental features on species divergence in the south-western Australian coastal reptile community. Molecular Ecology doi:10.5061/dryad.8p7435hq
UK Data Service
Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division, Annual Population Survey, April 2011 - March 2012 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], August 2012. SN: 7088.
Planetary Data System
Murchie, S., Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars Limb Data Record, data set MRO-M-CRISM-6-LDR-V1.0, NASA Planetary Data System, 2010.
Speech & Language Repository
Tesi Rolyang 1996 (Bernard BEL). Primary data (corpus). Centre de sciences humaines (CSH, New Delhi IN). Created 2010-09-22. Speech & Language Data Repository. Identifier hdl:11041/sldr000728 - Archived ark:/87895/1.4-245735
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