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For citations of data sets the APA Manual has examples and advice on pages 337-338. The following citation is an example of citing data from the National Health Interview Survey.

National Center for Health Statistics. (2019). National health interview survey [Public use data file and documentation]. Centers for Disease Control.

  • Parenthetical Citation: (National Center for Health Statistics, 2019)
  • Narrative Citation: National Center for Health Statistics (2019)


  • Square brackets are flexible fields for describing the data set.
  • If there is a version number, include it in parenthesis after the after the title.
  • For published datasets, the date field is the publication date. For unpublished data sets, the date field is the year/s of data collection.