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Math 1635: Hill: Finding Data

Finding Data Sets

Finding data sets for this project requires being thoughtful and creative as you look for interesting information. Remember that you will want to look for information in excel format (.xls, .xlsx., or .csv)  and around 200 rows or larger.    Check the two boxes below to find places that might help you to find either databases that list data sets, or scholarly articles that may include data sets.  This may involve some hunting around. 

Finding Data Sets in Databases

This link heads to a government website of .xls files.  Topics covered by the files include, but are not limited to: 

  • Wages
  • Hours worked
  • Price changes over time
  • Other cool topics related to work and/or money.

Find all sorts of open government data sets (and in some cases, extra databases) by searching this resource.   

Nearly everyone should be able to find a data set related to their topic here, including: 

  • Health
  • Human behaviors
  • Science, including the weather, agriculture
  • Crime and related topics

Search by your topic and then limit by type of file once you've seen results.  (See the highlighted area below as an example.)

Find data and not sure what to do? 

If possible, visit the landing page for the original data set which will also give you more information: what data was collected, by whom?  What information do the columns and rows contain?

Finding Data Sets from Scholarly Articles

PsycArticles is a good database to use for topics related to the following: 

  • Psychology, Mental Health, Neurodiversity 
  • Education
  • Sleep

One cool feature of PsycArticles is that you can narrow to scholarly articles with datasets by using the Advanced Search options on the database home screen: 

EBSCO database supplemental materials limiter

Academic Search Ultimate is a good place to look for scholarly articles that may include longer data sets.  ASU covers a ton of topics, including: 

  • Science/Health
  • the Social Sciences
  • Current Topics

When you search, you'll want to use "Supplemental Materials" in your search box in addition to the topic you're looking for. 


Science Direct is the best source for scientific scholarly articles.   Try searching for your topic and "Supplemental Materials" to see what results you get.  

Click on the title of an article that looks interesting to you, and then look for the words "Supplemental Materials" and a link.  This may occur in the article "Table of Contents" to the side and allow you to immediately download files.

Supplemental materials Science Direct

Or may appear somewhere else (at the end of the abstract, or the end of the article) and include a link to an external site. 

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