Boston College University Libraries

Finding Data/Data Support: Getting Started

Offers research strategies for finding data in general and select broad subject areas.

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 :
barbara.mento@bc.edu


Advanced Data Research Support Contact:

Rani Dalgin, Data Management Support and SPSS.

Please send question regarding statistical software and analysis to:

rani.dalgin@bc.edu

or email datasupport@bc.edu

 

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 datasupport@bc.edu 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: Barbara.Mento@bc.edu

Key Data Resources

New Data/Workshops

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Subject Guide

Barbara Mento
Contact:
O'Neill 313

617-552-3354