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Finding Data/Data Support   Tags: data, numeric, statistics  

Offers research strategies for finding data in general and select broad subject areas.
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Data/Statistics/GIS Support



Need help finding Data, Statistics, GIS?
Help with SPSS, Stata?
Help with a data management plan? Where to archive your data?

Finding Data /Purchase Recommendations / Data Management Plan Support Contact:

Barbara Mento
, Data/GIS Manager
Please send any data questions, class instruction requests to :

Advanced Data Research Support Contact:

Rani Dalgin, Data Management Support and SPSS.

Please send question regarding statistical software and analysis to:

or email


Visit the Data/Statistics/GIS Portal for news and key resources.

Data Services Support

Data Support Services:

  • Locating data for research or teaching
  • Class demonstrations for finding data, using statistical tools and Geographic Information Systems
  • Statistical packages support
  • Conversion utilities
  • Database access and retrieval methods
  • Advice on alternative software that might be used for a specific analysis resolution of programming problems ('debugging') using any available ITS Research Services license or vendor
  • Web-based documentation to assist users with packages, databases, and web-centric resources for statistical computing
  • Support for access to restricted data

Request Help Consultation or Class presentation


    First Steps

    Before searching for data, clearly define what you need. Create a specific statement of exactly the kind of data you need.

    Define Topic and Unit of Analysis

    Determine the most likely group to collect the data you need.     Identify Data Sources

    Locate Government Agencies, Organizations and Boston College commercial subscriptions.

    Review Literature

    Search the major bibliographic databases in your field to find data citations for data used in research in your field.

    Restricted Data

    Some data supplied by data archives such as ICPSR contain restricted data. This data requires special security to insure protection of confidential material. If you identify restricted data that you wish to request, please contact for help.

    If you can't find what you need contact: DATASUPPORT@BC.EDU

    To recommend data for purchase just send me an email at:

    Key Data Resources

    • ICPSR  Icon
      Use search terms indicating education level of study such as elementary, high school, secondary education, adult education, colleges etc. Narrow search by using additional search terms such as: trends, curriculum, academic achievement, testing, environment, parental influence
    • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets  Icon
      Statistical tables and charts from multiple sources in a single interface, aggregating over 610 licensed and public domain datasets provided by over 55 sources, making 16 billion data points accessible within a single interface. Includes IMF data. Recommend IE browser.

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