Preferred Citations for Collections Data and Images

Use Our Preferred Citations
These are the preferred formats for citing data published by the Field Museum. If other citation practices apply, feel free to use them. We do request, however, that you always include a link.  For further information, please see Conditions and Suggested Norms for Collections Data and Images.

HOW TO CITE A FMNH DATASET
[dataset name]. [data publisher]. [link to dataset] (accessed on [date]).

Example(s):

  • Field Museum of Natural History (Anthropology) Collection http://collections-anthropology.fieldmuseum.org/ (accessed on 2014-07-28)
  • Field Museum of Natural History (Zoology) Bird Collection. Field Museum. http://fmipt.fieldmuseum.org:8080/ipt/resource.do?r=fm_birds (accessed on 2014-07-28)

 

HOW TO CITE A FMNH SPECIMEN OR OBJECT
[occurrenceId].[catalogNumber].[dataset name]. [data publisher]. [link to dataset] (accessed on [date]).

Example(s):

  • 012da259-4a53-4232-9ec5-8be1f25a40b1 FMNH243174 Field Museum of Natural History (Zoology) Invertebrate Collection. Field Museum. http://fmipt.fieldmuseum.org:8080/ipt/resource.do?r=fmnh_invertebrates (accessed on 2014-07-28)

 

HOW TO CITE A FMNH IMAGE
(c) [rightsholder].  [license] . [FMNH identifier] . [identifier] . (accessed on [date])

Example(s):

  • (c) Field Museum of Natural History . CC-BY-NC . a798c72e-3605-43df-a8af-6ef1dd829103 . http://fm-digital-assets.fieldmuseum.org/214/055/112356.jpg .  (accessed on 2014-07-28)
  • (c) Field Museum of Natural History . CC-BY-NC . GEO86518_3014Ad . http://fm-digital-assets.fieldmuseum.org/527/670/GEO86518_3014Ad.jpg .  (accessed on 2014-07-28)

 

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ELEMENTS TO CREATE A CITATION?
All the elements can be found in fields contained within downloaded records or in the description of the dataset (i.e., the metadata) from which the record originates:

  • [occurrenceID]: in the field occurrenceID in the record. This is the specimen/object GUID. All publicly available Field Museum catalogue records have a UUID.
  • [catalogNumber]: in the field catalogNumber in the record plus the Acronym in the OwnerInstitutionCode field. eg FMNH 9631
  • [dataset name]: This is listed as the Resource Citation (under Citations) in the dataset metadata (published as an EML file in a Darwin Core archive) and can also be found under Citation on Field Museum Collections homepages.
  • [data publisher]: The Field Museum of Natural History
  • [link to dataset]: in the field [dataSource] in the record. If dataSource is missing, use the Source URL.