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Finding Data

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Victoria Bird

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Finding Data
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
-Sherlock Holmes,
A Scandal in Bohemia
Static vs Dynamic
Macro vs Micro
Financial /economic/company data
Country data
Survey data
Need Help?
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 14th July 2017).
Static data doesn't change, dynamic data does!

Static data: books, CDs
Dynamic: Webpages, CD-RWs
Specialist databases focusing on countries:
China Statistical Yearbooks Data
GTA China

More general resources:
UK Data Service
EIU CountryData
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

Victoria Bird
09.30 - 5.00 (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
UN Data

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!
Macrodata is aggregated data- tables of totals (e.g. headcounts)

Microdata is data based on individuals

Time series: Observations of a variable made over time.
Orbis Bank Focus
GTA China
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

Also Surveys

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
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