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Transcript of Finding Data
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
A Scandal in Bohemia
Static vs Dynamic
Macro vs Micro
Financial /economic/company data
What is data?
facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis
Datum: a piece of information
Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/data (accessed February 14, 2014).
Static data doesn't change, dynamic data does!
Static data: books, CDs
Dynamic: Webpages, CD-RWs
Specialist databases focusing on countries:
China Statistical Data Online
More general resources:
UK Data Service
Surveys good source of qualitatitve data
UK Data Service: includes World Values Survey, Young Lives Survey, Afrobarometer, Arab Barometer, AsiaBarometer and Asian Barometer
Global Attitudes Project
Mansfield Asian Public Opinion Poll Database
09.30 - 5.30 (best to email for appointment)
020 7898 4147
Library subject guides
Training events on the Library website
Quantitative and Qualitative secondary data-
what it is and how to find it
Quantitative= Data which can be counted/ expressed numerically. Ascribes VALUE. "Hard" facts- usually numerical.
Qualitative= arranged into categories that are not numerical. Ascribe WORTH . "Touchy-feely"- usually opinion.
Primary or Direct data= data that you collect, analyse and use yourself
Secondary or Indirect data= any information collected by someone else other than it's user (e.g. data in our databases, organizational records, census data, surveys etc...)
Other free sources
Census Bureau: Statistical Agencies
Africa Open Data
Specialist search engines
City Business Library
Check out the DeFims/ Economics/ Politics subject guide more information
Historical and updatable might be better way to look at it!
Macro is aggregated data- tables of totals (e.g. headcounts)
Microdata is data based on individuals
Time series: Observations of a variable made over time.
Religion and data
UK Data Service
Depends what exactly you need
UK Data Service
Adherents : http://www.adherents.com
NationMaster: Religions ; http://www.nationmaster.com/cat/rel-religion
CIA World Factbook
Census and survey also often have some information
Really a “super-database”- amalgamation of lots of different datasets
Examples: IMF data, International Energy Agency data, OECD data, UNIDO data, World Bank data
Good advice on using stats and citing secondary data
Need to sign up and may have to agree extra conditions to use certain data sets
Citation and referencing
Depends on the SOURCE (eg website, dataset etc)
Guides to this in most databases, who also tend to include copyright messages with tables etc…
Michigan University guide to citing data
Monash University student Q manual
ADD website: www.soas.ac.uk/add