How do I find data?

Before you begin looking for data, you'll need to answer four key questions:

What type of data are you looking for?

Who collects the data you need?

What time period are you investigating?

Do you need national, state, regional, or local data?

Once you've answered these questions, you can typically find data resources within the Research Subject Guides, scholarly articles, and data archives.

For more help answering these questions and locating data, check out the brief video or PDF below.

If you need more research help, check out our other Research Tutorials.