Julia Bauder is the Social Studies and Data Services Librarian at the Grinnell College Libraries. She is the author of the books The Reference Guide to Data Sources and Data Literacy in Academic Libraries: Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers. She has also published and presented about information literacy, data literacy, and data visualization in venues including Information Technology and Libraries, College & Undergraduate Libraries, and the LITA National Forum.
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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.
"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