Creating data from scratch can be costly and complicated. Whether you’re aiming to save time and money, expand a small sample size, ask new questions of a body of information, or reproduce someone else’s results, re-using existing data is an integral part of research. Finding the right data and making use of it, however, can be a challenge.
Blanket recommendations are tricky because every project is so different, but if you are producing or collecting your own data consider the following:
This quick guide to data citation is a great resource, developed by the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology.
See the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles for more info about the guiding principles of data citation.
This guide from Michigan State University is a great in-depth resource with style recommendations and specific examples.
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