Answered By: Jonathan Faerber
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2019     Views: 415

APA 6th Edition (Scroll down for APA 7th Edition)

“How do I cite SimplyMap data?” suggests how to reference SimplyMap data and maps, but the examples aren’t formatted to the APA Style rules. For further information, I referred to “How to Cite Online Maps in APA Style” in the APA Style Blog. After bringing together the information provided in those two resources, please see below for suggested approaches:

Geographic Research, Inc. (Year). [Description of data year of data]. Retrieved Month day, year, from SimplyMap database.

Geographic Research, Inc. (Year). [Description of map with title of data year of data]. Retrieved Month day, year, from SimplyMap database.

Examples

Geographic Research, Inc. (2016). [French as first official language spoken in Vancouver census metro area 2011]. Retrieved September 7, 2016, from SimplyMap database.

Geographic Research, Inc. (2016). [Map with French as first official language spoken in Vancouver census metro area 2011]. Retrieved September 7, 2016, from SimplyMap database.

Example in-text citation: (Geographic Research, Inc., 2016)

As per “How to Cite Online Maps in APA Style”, if a map doesn’t have a formal title, authors can create a description and enclose the description in square brackets in the reference. To create a description, please adapt the information provided in the map legend:

If you refer to the examples above, you'll see that I added the location of the map as that information isn't included in the map legend.

If a resource has a formal title, please provide that title in the resource without the square brackets:

Geographic Research, Inc. (Year). Title of data/map. Retrieved Month day, year, from SimplyMap database.

As per the examples in “How to Cite Online Maps in APA Style”, the titles of the resources are presented in sentence case in the references. In addition, though the sample in-text citations don’t provide location references such as a page or paragraph number, if it’s possible to cite part of the work, please present that information to assist your reader to locate the specific detail. See “How to Cite Part of a Work” from the APA Style Blog for more information.

APA 7th Edition

The American Psychological Association (APA, 2020) suggests the following format for citing "dynamically created maps" (p. 347):

Company name. (n.d.) [Description of map in square brackets]. Retrieved Month, Day Year from URL

Similarly, the suggested format for "software and mobile apps of limited distribution" (APA, 2020, p. 339) is: 

Company or individual name. (Year). Title of work (version #) [Computer software/mobile app]. Publisher. URL.

Since log in credentials are required by Simply Analytics to create and view maps, our suggestion is to include the Simply Analytics home page URL when referencing a map, as follows: 

Simply Analytics. (n.d.). [French as first official language spoken in Vancouver census metro area 2016]. Retrieved December 14, 2019, from https://simplyanalytics.com/

Keep in mind that the goal of a reference is to get your reader as close as possible to the source you used, so the information in square brackets should be descriptive enough for others to access the data you used; for more information, see Basic Principles of Reference List Entries from the APA Style Blog.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000