Data Sources: Getting Started: An Overview

A guide to finding social science data and statistical resources online.

Getting Started

Need some data, but don't know where to start?
Consider these questions:

  1. Do you need data or statistics?
  2. Have you seen the data you want published anywhere before?
    If Yes, refer back to that publication to find the data source.
    If No, continue to step 3.
  3. Who may have collected this data?
    • Government organization
    • Academic researcher
    • Non-profit or NGO
    • Private company
    • Industry Association
  4. Where can I access it?
    Is the data available freely online through the collector/producer's website?
    Is the data available through one of the Library's subscription databases?
    Is the data for sale, and can be purchased?
    Can the collector/producer of the data be contacted directly to get the data?

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