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Find Data & Statistics: Best Places to Start

Use this guide as a starting point for locating statistics or data on a topic.

Get Help

Contact datahelp@gmu.edu. DiSC staff members are familiar with different aspects of locating and using data.

Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) Workshops
Check out our workshops on SPSS, Stata, R, Cleaning Data, Surviving a Data Analysis Project, and more. DiSC schedules workshops for the fall and spring semesters. We add and create new workshops throughout the semesters, so check often.

More Information from DiSC
Get more specific information on best practices, software tools and "how to's." 

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DiSC and the subject librarians work together to to help you find resources for your topic area.

How To Use This Guide

Use this guide as a starting point for locating data or statistics. Learn essential tips for finding and using statistics or data.

Start with Frequently Used Sources to search frequently used and well-regarded places to look for statistics on a variety of topics. These sources are usually the best place to start.

Statistics by Topic or Type links to guides which focus on searching for statistics or data by subject area (e.g., health) or specialization (e.g., public opinion polls & social surveys).

Tips for Finding Statistics explains how answering a few simple questions (where, what, when) will direct your search. Learn why these criteria are important and how you can use them to locate what you need.

Search Research Data Archives to locate and download data sets from research studies. Often these data sets must be used with data analysis software (SPSS, Stata, etc.).