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IDSC 100: Measured Thinking

For Professor Neil Lutsky - Fall 2021

Looking for numbers

Brainstorming Sources

What are some organizations that might collect and/or publish data on your topic? Think in terms of the following categories:

  • Government agencies
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Think tanks
  • Academic research organizations
  • Philanthropic foundations
  • Business forums
  • Faith-based associations
  • Labor unions
  • Community groups

Census Data

Use Tools to Help You Find Statistics

  1. Compendia and data search tools
  2. Dig through the data sections of web sites (instead of searching)
  3. Specialized collections of data and statistics
  4. Follow the trail of citations in newspapers, magazines, and journal literature

Data Guides by Topic

Search for Numbers by Keyword

More data resources at Gould Library.

Statistical Compendia: United States

Statistical compendia allow you to search or browse data compiled from multiple standard and reliable sources. Statistical tables are grouped into meaningful topics for easy exploration. Compendia are useful not only to find statistics contained in them but also to discover producers of data. Once you know who produced the data, you can go directly to the source and find more data options.

Statistical Compendia: International

Public Opinion

Research Data Repositories

Data produced as part of research is often published for re-use in specialized research data repositories. Data in repositories is usually intended for reuse and re-analysis.