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Dataset Access Offers Research Opportunities for Students, Faculty

By BTL on February 6, 2017 4:19 PM | Permalink

Providing faculty and students with access to a large variety of datasets is an important service offered by the University Libraries. Through the University Libraries website, researchers have access to diverse and multi-format collections that enable the production of high quality, widely disseminated research and scholarship.

Datasets generally describe aggregated statistical information, presented in tabular form that is searchable and manipulable by users. The University Libraries has expanded access to datasets through paid subscriptions to data resources, as well as compiling links to governmental and nonprofit sources. 

UNLV University Libraries provides access to the following collection of datasets:

Data Planet
Through a single platform, users can search and browse 25 billion data points in more than 4.3 billion datasets sourced from more than 75 authoritative government and private sources. The data covers a wide variety of topics including economic, social, and political indicators. The interface enables the user to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, chart trends over time, and spatially represent data without requiring additional software programs. Multiple export options are provided.

Roper Center
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University, is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. The Roper Center provides access to summary-level and micro-level public opinion data. Most of the data is from surveys conducted on national samples from the United States, though more than 100 other nations are also represented.

Statista contains Infographics, fast facts, and dossiers presenting market research data about a variety of companies, industries, and consumer habits and preferences. Statista includes data on more than 85,000 topics from 18,000 sources. About 20 percent of the total data comes from sources available free online, such as the World Bank and the U.S. Census. Statista also provides access to numerous exclusive sources which include industry, marketing, and trade groups. Much of the data is related to marketing, demographic, government, and industry information, and is international in scope. Data can be downloaded in PowerPoint and Excel, or as a JPG.

PolicyMap is a data and mapping application that provides access to more than 10,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, income, crime, mortgages, health, and jobs. Data is available based on address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, or metro area, as well as for school districts and political boundaries. Data is accessible in interactive maps, tables, charts, and reports; data is also downloadable as comma-separated value (.csv) files. The maps can be printed, emailed, or saved as image files.

For additional information regarding data sets, please visit the UNLV University Libraries Data and Statistics guide.