For immediate release | June 17, 2014

A guide to data sources for reference

CHICAGO — “The Reference Guide to Data Sources,” published by ALA Editions, 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 by Julia Bauder will be a boon to library staff at public, high school, and academic libraries, as well as 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.

Bauder is the social studies and data services librarian at the Grinnell College Libraries in Grinnell, Iowa. Before becoming a librarian, she spent several years as a freelance writer and editor of reference books.

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