Please refer to the preferred formats for citing data published by the Field. This includes datasets, specimens or objects, images, and image stacks. Feel free to use other citation practices, however, we do request that you always include a link to the original source. 

Learn more about using collections data and images 

Formatting Citations

Dataset

Preferred Format

[dataset name]. [data publisher]. [DOI or link to dataset] (accessed on [date]).

Examples

  • 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. https://fmipt.fieldmuseum.org/ipt/resource.do?r=fm_birds (accessed on 2014-07-28)

Specimen or Object

Preferred Format

https://db.fieldmuseum.org/[occurrenceID].[catalogNumber].[data publisher]

Example 

Data About a Specimen or Object

Preferred Format

https://db.fieldmuseum.org/[occurrenceID].[catalogNumber].[dataset name]. [data publisher]. [link to dataset] (accessed on [date])

Example

  • https://db.fieldmuseum.org/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)

Media Associated with a Specimen or Object

Preferred Format

(c) [rightsholder].  [license] . https://mm.fieldmuseum.org/[identifier] . [DOI if available] . (accessed on [date])

Examples

  • (c) Field Museum of Natural History . CC BY-NC . https://mm.fieldmuseum.org/a798c72e-3605-43df-a8af-6ef1dd829103.  (accessed on 2014-07-28)
  • (c) Field Museum of Natural History . CC BY-NC . https://mm.fieldmuseum.org/d7030bfa-cc29-4682-965e-8e2ddd7b1cf4 .  (accessed on 2014-07-28)
  • To cite this TIFF stack: (c) Field Museum of Natural History . CC BY-NC . https://mm.fieldmuseum.org/2b83bbde-e293-488a-806d-90af246db87a . ark:/87602/m4/M88062 . (accessed on 2018-04-12)

Finding citation elements

Elements to draft each citation can be found in the downloaded records or in the description of the dataset (i.e. 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 catalog 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]: Field Museum of Natural History
  • [link to dataset]: in the field [dataSource] in the record. If dataSource is missing, use the Source URL.
  • [DOI or link to dataset]: If the dataset you are referencing has a valid digital object identifier (DOI) use it in preference to other URLs.
  • [identifier]: in the field “identifier” in the multimedia record. This is the multimedia GUID.  All publicly available Field Museum multimedia records have a UUID.