Finding Data for Your Research

The library subscribes to many data archives and resources for you to find and access essential data for your research.

Finding Research Data

  • ICPSR membership allows current students, staff, and faculty access to thousands of data files in the social sciences. First time users, see the Search Tips.
  • GIS Data The John R. Borchert Map Library can help you visualize data as well as locate data only available in printed maps and atlases. (Coming soon, USpatial Data Archive)
  • Government Publications and Statistics are an excellent source of data and the Libraries' website provides particular guidance on using Census statistics.
  • Business Information resources help you find statistics on company financial information, industry performance and related topics.
  • Science.gov is home to the federal governments' collection of scientific, engineering, and R&D research, including data.
  • Google with modifiers like "site:gov", "site:org", "site:edu"; "filetype:txt", "filetype:xls"; and your topic for broad searches.

Search Data Repositories

  • DataBib is a tool that searches across hundreds of data repositories available for data deposit. This vetted source helps answers questions such as who can deposit and access the data.
  • Popular Data Repositories: Our selection (not intended to be comprehensive) of publicly accessible data repositories categorized by subject.

Open Access Data

There are a number of reliable open source data archives in many disciplines. The Government is a good source for such information and university repositories are growing increasingly data-rich too.

  • Open Data Commons: Learn how to make your data open in 2 minutes!
  • OAISTER: Harvest metadata from world-wide library repositories.
  • CODATA: International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology
  • Science Commons: A Creative Commons project
  • Is It Open?: An Open Knowledge Foundation project

Need help?

Contact Us with your questions and we will consult with you or point you to the right person, resource, or service on campus.