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Social Media Data and Tools

A guide discussing how to acquire, extract, and use social media data and tools

Social Media Data and Tools

The purpose of this guide is to introduce researchers to social media data sources and tools for extracting social media data. Social media data is often tricky to access and data availability depends on the time period and platform(s) you need to research. 

There are many legal and ethical considerations to take into account when accessing and researching social media data. Read through George Washington University Libraries' Social Media Research Ethical and Privacy Guidelines and email with any concerns.

Related InfoGuides

See these guides for more help with your digital scholarship project.

  • Learn Python for Data. Resources to learn and use the open source programming environment Python for data science
  • Learn R. Resources to learn and use the open source statistical software R
  • Qualitative Research and Tools. Find tutorials about conducting qualitative research, including resources on methodologies and software
  • Text Analysis Tools. A companion to our Text and Data Mining Sources infoguide, this guide will take you through how to use several text analysis tools
  • Text and Data Mining Sources. Access text and data mining sources and text analysis tools

Data & Digital Scholarship Services staff have created many guides about digital scholarship, which you can view here.