Families and Health Block U

This is a course guide for Dr. Marissa Diener and Dr. Rebecca Utz's Families and Health Block U course.

Citing Tables and Maps in American Factfinder

How do I cite tables and maps on census.gov and in American FactFinder?

The U.S. Census Bureau has no specific style recommendation for citing information found on our website. There are four commonly used style systems of documentation. Please select the most appropriate style for your use from the list below.

The Chicago Manual of Style

Published by the The University of Chicago

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Published by the Modern Language Association (MLA)

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Published by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

Published by the Council of Science Editors

For citing tables generated in American FactFinder, see the list below:

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

(Use semicolons to separate elements)


  1. U.S. Census Bureau;
  2. Name of the database or other data repository/source (e.g., American FactFinder), set off by quotation marks, or follow publication citation style;

  3. The name of the person who generates the tabulation, etc., e.g., "generated by John Smith;"

  4. The name of the software package used to generate the tabulation, if known, e.g., "using American FactFinder;"

  5. The URL of the application software's main or first page set off by angle brackets, e.g., <http://factfinder.census.gov>;

  6. The date, within parenthesis, when the user generated the tabulation, e.g., (7 January 2017).

  • For a reference map in American FactFinder:

U.S. Census Bureau; generated by Jane Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder.census.gov>; (12 February 2017).

  • 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://factfinder.census.gov>; (15 February 2012).


  • U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table GCT0101; generated by John Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder.census.gov>; (7 January 2017).

  • U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, Table P001; generated by Jane Jones; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder.census.gov>; (20 February 2017)

  • U.S. Census Bureau; 2010 Census Summary File 1; Tables P1 and QT-P1; generated by John Smith; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder.census.gov>; (12 December 2016).

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