Documenting Research Data

This guide is a collection of resources shared in Data Services' "Documenting Your Research Data" online modules

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Overview of Tabular Documentation

Types of Documentation

  • Codebook Cookbook: Practical guidance on how to create a codebook using Excel examples.  
  • Data Dictionaries: Created by the USGS, educational overview of data dictionaries including multiple examples.
  • README Txt: Blog about the purpose of README files for research data and suggestions on what to include in one. 

Tools to Help Automate the Creation of Documentation