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Use the following research guides for help using software to manipulate data.
Black Living Data Booklet
By Faithe Day, "a manual and manifesto on the ethical engagement of data on and for Black communities." Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Use your favorite torrent client to upload and download datasets.
Use your favorite torrent client to upload and download papers.
Interactive tool that combines modern and historical US census and demographic data with an intuitive map interface, 1790 to present.
App descriptions and information on data visualization from Wellesley's own Jeremy Wilmer.
Lightweight, web-based counterpart to desktop ArcGIS software. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for an account, and include information about how you plan to use the tool so the best account type can be determined.
Photo by Valerie Renee used under a Creative Commons license.
Use this guide to find:
- raw data
- which you can manipulate
- using statistical software
If you want:
- pre-defined or summary data
- formatted into a table
- sometimes available for Excel
- geographical data
use one of these research guides:
DATABASES OF DATA
World Development Indicators (WDI)
Includes more than 500 time series indicators for 207 countries plus regional and income groups; retrieves and exports the data in popular spreadsheet formats. 1960+ .
MORE ON ICPSR
Wellesley is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSR maintains and provides access to an archive of social science data.
ICPSR data can only be downloaded if you are on campus. Most data can be downloaded directly from any campus computer, although some data is only available via CD-ROM. CD-ROMs are in the Wellesley College Library catalog; search by study title. If we do not have the CD-ROM, contact Daria Hafner to request the data.
Find and Analyze Data
Various classes, open to Wellesley faculty, staff, and students, are offered every summer through the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Online Learning Center provides instructional datasets, as well as exercises for classroom use, information about useful Web sites, and related publications.
For more information about ICPSR, contact Jessica LaBrie, Official Representative to ICPSR.
re3data.org lists international data repositories. It is helpful for finding reusable data by subject - try browsing by subject, data type, or country to find data sources.
State Data Centers
The SDCs are a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. You may be able to get state or local data from the respective SDC in a form that is not compiled/produced by the Census Bureau.
As members of the Massachusetts State Data Center, Wellesley College users have access to customized data extrapolations pertaining to locations in Massachusetts. Please contact Megan Brooks, Director of Research Services, for further help or contact the Massachusetts State Data Center directly.
International Data Centers