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United States Census Information @ Pitt: Citing Census Data

This research guide describes some of the major print and electronic resources for finding Census statistical information from the Decennial Census from 1790 to 2010.

Citing Census Data and Maps from Social Explorer

From the Social Explorer FAQs:

Chicago

Report

Data source. Title of table, dates. Prepared by Social Explorer. permalink URL (date accessed).

Example:

U.S. Census Bureau. Population Density, 1960. Prepared by Social Explorer. (accessed Jul 27 13:58:03 EST 2010).

Map

Title of map, dates. Social Explorer, permalink URL (based on data from <identify data source>; date accessed).

Example:

Population Density, 1960. Social Explorer, (based on data from U.S. Census Bureau; accessed Jul 27 17:16:03 EST 2010).

 

MLA

Report

Data source. “Title of table, dates.” Social Explorer. Medium. Date posted.

Example:

U.S. Census Bureau. “Population Density, 1960.” Social Explorer. Web. Jul 27 13:58:03 EST 2010.

Map

“Title of map, dates.” Map. Social Explorer. Social Explorer, n.d. Medium. Date posted. (based on data from...)

Example:

“Population Density, 1960.” Map. Social Explorer. Social Explorer, n.d. Web. Jul 27 13:58:03 EST 2010. (based on data from U.S. Census Bureau)

Citing Tables and Maps from Census.gov and American FactFinder

From the Census FAQs:

Dynamically generated tables, maps, and files from American FactFinder:

U.S. Census Bureau; Name of the database or other data repository/source; Name of the person who generates the tabulation; Name of the software package used to generate the tabulation, if known, e.g., "using American FactFinder; URL of the application software's main or first page set off by angle brackets, e.g., <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; Date, within parenthesis, when the user generated the tabulation, e.g., (7 January 2012).

For a reference map in American FactFinder:

U.S. Census Bureau; generated by Jane Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (12 February 2012).

For a thematic map in American FactFinder:

(Find the specific survey or census, data set and matrix number under the map image):

U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, Matrix P7; generated by Joe Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (15 February 2012).

Examples:

    U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table GCT0101; generated by John Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (7 January 2012).

    U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, Table P001; generated by Jane Jones; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (20 February 2012)

    U.S. Census Bureau; 2010 Census Summary File 1; Tables P1 and QT-P1; generated by John Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (12 December 2011).