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Comparative Political Data

Comprehensive directory to datasets and sources commonly used by political science students.

Data Citation

Citing data helps your readers locate data, replicate your findings, and generally promotes "open data" values. The following should be included in your citation:

  • Author
  • Publication Date
  • Title
  • Publisher or Distributor
  • Version
  • Electronic Location (e.g. URL)

Here is an APA Style example:

The World Bank, World Development Indicators (2012). GNI per capita, Atlas method  [Data file]. Retrieved from

Here is a Chicago Author-Date Style example:

The World Bank. 2012. World Development Indicators. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank (producer and distributor).

Here is Professor Montero's style:

The World Bank. 2012. "World Development Indicators." URL:

(Thanks to IASSIST Data Citation Guide.)

Guides to Citing Data