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The Reference Guide to Data Sources
Julia Bauder
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1227-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $65.00
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184 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1227-0
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J, X, XE, Z

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This concise sourcebook takes the guesswork out of locating the best sources of data, a process more important than ever as the data landscape grows increasingly cluttered. Much of the most frequently used data can be found free online, and this book shows readers how to look for it with the assistance of user-friendly tools. This thoroughly annotated guide will be a boon to library staff at public libraries, high school libraries, academic libraries, and other research institutions, with concentrated coverage of

  • Data sources for frequently researched subjects such as agriculture, the earth sciences, economics, energy, political science, transportation, and many more
  • The basics of data reference along with an overview of the most useful sources, focusing on free online sources of reliable statistics like government agencies and NGOs
  • Statistical datasets, and how to understand and make use of them
  • How to use article databases, WorldCat, and subject experts to find data
  • Methods for citing data
  • Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) software

This guide cuts through the data jargon to help librarians and researchers find exactly what they're looking for.

Table of Contents


1. Data Reference Basics
2. General Sources
3. Agriculture and Food
4. Crime
5. Earth Science--General
6. Earth Science--Air, Climate, and Weather
7. Earth Science--Water
8. Economics--General
9. Economics-- Government Finance
10. Economics--Firms and Industries
11. Economics--Commodities
12. Economics--Labor
13. Economics--Macroeconomic Accounts
14. Economics--Banks and Lending
15. Economics--Real Estate
16. Economics--Trade and Tariffs
17. Education
18. Energy
19. Health and Health Care
20. People and Households
21. Political Science--Elections
22. Political Science--War and Peace
23. Political Science--Other
24. Public Opinion Surveys
25. Transportation
26. Spatial Data
27. When All Else Fails: Using Article Databases, WorldCat, and Real Live People to Find Data

A Citing Data
B Getting Started with the Survey Documentation and Analysis Software


About the Author

Julia Bauder is the Social Studies and Data Services Librarian at the Grinnell College Libraries in Grinnell, Iowa. Bauder holds a master's degree from the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Before becoming a librarian, she spent several years as a freelance writer and editor of reference books.


"A solid starting guide for novices ... may also be valuable for researchers who are unable to access expensive databases or research funds, as the focus is clearly on free or inexpensive resources."
— Reference Reviews

"I highly recommend this work for the intended audience."
— Catholic Library World

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