This page is a collection of frequently-used examples and visualizations that I use in classes and in appointments. At present it has no organization beyond being a bucket into which I can toss these items.
When searching for data it can feel like there is no method and you are just casting about. When we meet to discuss finding data, it can help to know that our conversation will loosely follow the framework laid out in this worksheet.
In your search for data you may need to compare similar questions from several surveys. Below is a grid to help you keep track of this process.
At the very first stages of your literature review, start taking notes on potential data sources. Make a habit of jotting down the data used in each study you read to make it faster when you come back later in your search for data. Also, this practice can help you see and articulate how your contribution is unique. You might want to keep these notes in a table like the following for easy reference.
|Author(s) and Year of Publication||Claim||Data||Dependent Variable/Estimation Technique||Significant Findings|
See an example of this practice in action:
Want a book or journal article that isn't in Carleton's collection? Have you found something online that's prompting you for a password? Don't buy it! Make sure we don't have it in Carleton's collection, then, if not, request it through ILL. What's ILL? This short video will explain. (Revised 2013)