The Boston College Libraries acquire data to support research and teaching needs across disciplines. The library supports both one time purchase and subscription data and purchases all accompanying documentation to support data when possible Electronic formats are preferred. The library will also harvest and archive freely distributed data based on the needs of the Boston College community. Data purchases are reviewed for quality and format by Information Technology Services, Research Services partners, subject bibliographers and faculty liaisons.
Current collection strengths are in the areas of Business, Health Care, Social and Economic Indicators, Education and Census demographics in spreadsheet and Geographic Information Systems format. Preferred formats include those compatible with software and hardware supported by Boston College, including Excel, SPSS, Stata and SAS and Geographic Information Systems shapefiles.