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Finding Data

Getting Started

In this guide, you will find resources for finding commonly sought numeric information from library databases and open datasets. If you need additional help, contact Wenli Gao, data services librarian, Claude Willan, director of the digital research commons, or your subject librarian.

Define Your Data Needs

Before looking for data, it often helps to define specific parameters you're looking for. These include:

  • Subjects: Exactly what do you want counted?
  • Time Coverage: What time period(s) should the data cover?
  • Geographic Coverage: What geographic area(s) should the data cover?
  • Cross-tabulation: Do you want the data broken down by characteristics like sex, age, income, occupation, or industry?

You may not be able to find data that exactly match your need, but knowing which elements you want will help your search tremendously.