Data and Statistics

Learn how to locate data and statistics on a variety of topics.

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Books on Data Analysis and Social Research Methods

The Sheridan Libraries have many titles that can assist you with data analysis and social research methods.  When you are interested in finding books such as these in the JHU Libraries Catalog, you might want to try using the following subject headings:

  • Social sciences research
  • Social sciences research metholodology
  • Social sciences statistical methods
  • Multivariate analysis (or any specific method you want to use)

It's not really advisable to browse the shelves as a starting point.  However, once you have found a title and have its call number, you can then take a look around your book to find other titles that could be useful.

You might also want to look through Safari E-books for other possible useful titles that you can access online.

Statistical Literacy Resources

ICPSR recently put a spotlight on the importance of statistical and quantitative literacy.  To find out more about what they are doing to help faculty, visit their Teaching and Learning Web site.  It provides information on their training activities but also links to classroom-ready data and information about the Undergraduate Research Paper Competition.

TeachingWithData.org is another ICPSR-initiated project.  The goal is to create a repository of educational materials designed to improve quantitative literacy skills in social science courses. Built especially for faculty teaching post-secondary courses in such areas as demography, economics, geography, political science, social psychology, and sociology, the materials include stand-alone learning activities, tools, and pedagogy services.  The site is young (just launched in October 2009), but is set to be a very valuable teaching resource.

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) Learning Community provides the opportunity for instructors to use local community-level data to enhance learning about Baltimore, and build statistical literacy.

CensusScope.org is a portal to Census 2010 data presented in such a way that it can be understood by the novice user.  Included are charts and trends, maps, population rankings and information on segregation.

DataCounts! is an interactive website designed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network to help integrate social statistics into the classroom setting. There are several collections of data included such as the American Community Survey Data from 2004-2006, the 1990 and 2000 censuses, census trend data from 1950-2000, the General Social Survey, and the Current Population Survey. Each collection contains a wide variety of datasets that can be viewed online with WebCHIP.  For quantitative exercise ideas, browse the instructional modules section.

National Numeracy Network is an organization that offers its members a network of individuals, institutions, and corporations united by the common goal of quantitative literacy for all citizens. Through national meetings, faculty workshops, research initiatives, and information sharing, the National Numeracy Network aims to strengthen the capacity of our country in the quantitative areas of business, industry, education, and research across all disciplines.  Numeracy is an open-access, bi-annual journal put out by this organization.