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Data Sets & Statistics

A guide to numeric data and datasets.

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Search Strategies

  1. Define your topic or research question.
    • Be specific.
  2. Determine your unit of analysis.
    • Consider who or what you want to study, as well as when and where.
  3. 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.

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