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STAT 3220: Finding and Evaluating Data

Data Literacy workshop for STAT 3220

Welcome Stat 3220!

This guide will help you discovery and evaluate sources. 

The presentation slides are available.  The slides cover the general concepts about finding and evaluating data.  (Be sure to view the Speaker Notes.)  This research guide points to specific resources available through the library or publicly.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

Library Licensed Datasets

These are data sources available to you through UVA Library.  They cover a broad range of topics.

Government Data

Data from News Sources

Also see News sources’ GitHub repos: NYTimes, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, etc.

Academic Literaure

Every empirical academic paper is going to have a methods section.  Look for articles similar to a topic you are interested in, and check the methods section.  What data are they using?

Remember to Iterate

Start in one place and keep iterating.  Use the first place to see if sources are cited, and work from there.

Statista is a great place to try this strategy.  Statista only offers basic statistics (tables and charts, not full datasets).  However, they always cite their sources.  Keep digging at the source to see if you can find an original dataset.  You can use the same strategy with PolicyMap as well.