About Datasets & Statistics
This guide is meant as a starting point for finding commonly requested statistics and datasets. Please feel free to suggest additional useful sources as you find them.
Datasets are collections of numeric data that can be analyzed using specialized software such as Stata, SPSS, or R.
Statistics are numerical data that has been organized and interpreted, usually displayed in tables.
Resources marked [UCSD Only] must be accessed from either on the UC San Diego campus network or else via Remote Access.
Please feel free to email me if you get stuck, have additional research questions, would like to set up an appointment, or have other sources to include in the guide.
Tips for Finding Data
1. Think about who might collect the data.
- Could it have been collected by a government agency?
- A nonprofit/nongovernmental organization?
- A private business or industry group?
- Academic researchers?
2. Look for publications that cite the dataset, e.g. scholarly articles or government reports.
3. Once you know that what you want exists, it's time to hunt it down.
- Is it freely available on the web?
- Part of a package to which the library already subscribes?
- Is it something we can buy? (And is it within the library's budget and can the purchase be made quickly enough to fit your timeframe?)
- Can it be requested directly from the researcher?