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User Acknowledgment and Recommended Citation

By using data, software, or other information accessed through this OBIS Portal, I agree that, in any publication or presentation of any sort based wholly or in part on material so accessed, I will:

1. Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing databases in the form appearing in the 'Citation' field thereof (if any); and in any event acknowledge the use of this facility in one of the following prescribed forms:

For OBIS-USA website:

Ocean Biogeographic Information System-USA. [date accessed]

For data used from OBIS-USA:

Author, initials. Database title. Retrieved [date accessed] from


(a) single level

Stocks, K. SeamountsOnline: an online information system for seamount biology. Version 3.1. Retrieved 6 th April 2005 from

(b) multiple level

Picton, B.E., Emblow, C.S., Morrow, C.C., Sides, E.M., Tierney, P., McGrath, D., McGeough, G., McCrea, M., Dinneen, P., Falvey, J., Dempsey, S., Dowse, J. and Costello, M. J. 1999. Marine sites, habitats and species data collected during the BioMar survey of Ireland. In: Picton, B.E. and Costello M. J. (eds), The BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora in Britain and Ireland , Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin. Retrieved [date] from

2. For information purposes, provide to [obis-usa (at) usgs (dot) gov] the full citation of any publication I make (printed or electronic) that cites OBIS or any constituent part.

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