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Numeric Data and Data Sets : Getting Started

A guide to numeric data and datasets.

Framing your Research

Define your topic or research question. Be specific.

Determine your unit of analysis. Consider who or what you want to study, as well as when and where.

Search Strategies

Search strategies to identify a data set:

  • Literature search: search a database relevant to your subject area for articles that have conducted related analysis and identify the datasets they used.
  • Going straight to a likely source: check to see if there is a particular organization or government agency that collects the type of data that you need. Try searching their website or publications.
  • Data archive search: Try searching through a large data archive, such as ICPSR.