Not sure about citation styles, or want another set of eyes to check over your paper? Try the University of Idaho's Writing Center, located in the Commons, Third Floor Room 323. There are some great links on their website, too!
The library has several handbooks to make your writing as clear as possible.
Pocket Guide to Technical Writing
Main Library - PE1475.P465 2004
Technical Writing Basics: Guide to Style and Form
Main Library - PE1475.H65 2008
The library maintains a list of citation style guides.
One of the most commonly used in the sciences is CSE (Council of Science Editors).
The Library keeps a copy at the Reference Desk. You can also try Penn State's CSE Quick Citation Guide.
In some styles, you must abbreviate journal titles. Use the List of Title Word Abbreviations for the internationally recognized abbreviation.
If you are following a particular style, try to form the citation according to the general rules of that style. If in doubt, it is better to provide more information than less.
The general parts of a data citation are:
1. Responsible Party;
2. Title of dataset;
3. Edition or version of dataset, if applicable;
4. Name and location of data center, repository, or publisher;
5. Date published;
6. Analysis software, if required;
7. Date accessed;
8. URL, DOI or other persistent link;
9. Parameters selected, if applicable
Alternately, Mark Parsons from the NCAR Library suggests this:
Author(s). ReleaseDate. Title, Version. [editor(s)]. Archive. Locator (such as DOI). [date/time accessed]. [subset used].