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Research Data Literacy 101

This guide will walk you through some of the tools, resources, and best practices for working & visualizing information, including data. Guide 1 of a 3-part series.

Where to Find Data: Tips

1st: define your topic, but be flexible if needed:

  • Who or What? A population, organization, commodity, or thing you want to study
  • When? Are you looking for a one-time study or over a period of time? Or are you looking for current information?
  • Where?  What geographical region interests you?

2nd: know where to look:

  • Check out data repositories/archives (links to another guide). There are large, general places to find a variety of datasets or subject-specific repositories.
  • Perhaps you can be more specific, like identifying a specific organization, institution, or government agency that produces data on your topic. This will take some creative thinking, but could lead you to awesome results.
  • Next stop is to look in the professional literature. Often you will find references to statistics and data in the literature. This is a clue that will lead you to the actual resource for the data.

Recorded webinar on understanding the new (2020) Census Data. Census data can be found in several of the data-finding tools linked below.

Resources for Finding Data & Statistics