If you need assistance organizing, analyzing, or visualizing data sets, please visit the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC). The Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) helps faculty, students, and alumnae engage critically with data - quantitative, qualitative and spatial.
Their website contains software tutorials and workshop tutorials. You can meet with staff of the ERC virtually by making an appointment or during walk-in hours.
Follow the footnotes! Secondary sources can often lead you to citations for primary sources such as data sets.
You can search for secondary sources in Google Scholar or other scholarly article databases using your topic keywords.
What are data journals?
Data journals are academic publications that focus on the collection, description, and sharing of data rather than the original findings scholars draw from the data. These can be great places to search for potential datasets.
Some examples of data journals
What are data repositories?
Data repositories host research and other data for long-term preservation and archiving. They may be hosted by universities/colleges, non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc. They might be broad in scope, or they might organized around a specific area of reseach.
Some examples of data repositories
What are open data portals?
Some government entities make their data available to the public using open data portals.
How to find open data portal
Barriers to open data portals
Open Knowledge International notes three major environmental constraints that contribute to a lack of openness in government data sharing:
"1. Lack of capacity of government to maintain infrastructure and websites; incomplete and inaccessible published official information.
2. Limited open data knowledge from the respective government officials.
3. Limited capacity and open data knowledge of CSOs to take advantage or to ask for open data."
Some examples of open data portals