“Finding the best data to address a research question requires that one understand the kinds of data that are likely to be available, who collects the data, and where they can be found.”
– Gary M. Klass, Just Plain Data Analysis, xiii
This guide will help you find the best databases, search tools, and other resources for finding statistics and other datasets related to various topics.
The following questions will determine where you need to look and whether the data is available:
What level of observation/analysis do you need? (e.g. individuals, communities, states, countries...)
What time period? (most recent? 5 years? historical time series?..)
What frequency? (annual, quarterly, monthly, ...)
Not finding what you need in this guide? Try these strategies as well: