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92569: Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Population Health: Referencing

In this guide:

Referencing data can be tricky - to get started, think about how you accessed it. Was it on a website or in a database? The page below explains the different reference types you might come across, and the Interactive Harvard UTS Referencing Guide has lots of additional information. 

Referencing a website

Use this format if you used a free online source to access data (for example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). If you want to reference a page that generated data based on limits you entered (like the WHO mortality database), make sure you reference the landing page and describe the page's content in your report. You can find more information on the 'website and social media' referencing pages.

Referencing data from a database

If you find data on a database such as OECD iLibrary, use this reference type. Hint: you'll know if it's a database if you accessed it through the 'Find Databases' page on the Library website.

The key elements of a database reference are:

  • The name of the database
  • Publication year
  • Title of the page (in italics)
  • Type of page (if relevant)
  • Date you acessed the database
  • Name of the database (in <angle brackets>)

Here's an example:

OECD iLibrary, Health status: causes of mortality, dataset, viewed 9 August 2017, <OECD iLibrary database>.