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Finding Data/Data Support


Getting Started

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

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

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

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New Data/Workshops


Subject Guide

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Barbara Mento
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Data/Statistics/GIS Support

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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:

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

Advanced Data Research Support Contact:
Rani Dalgin, Data Management Support and SPSS.
Please send question regarding statistical software and analysis to

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