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Research Process: Datasets

an introduction to the research process at a very basic level


A dataset  is a collection of raw statistics and information generated by a research study. Datasets produced by government agencies or non-profit organizations can usually be accessible free of charge. However, datasets developed by for-profit companies may be available for a fee.

An “open data” philosophy is becoming more common among governments and business organizations around the world, with the belief that data should be freely accessible. Open data efforts have been led by both the government and non-government organizations such as the Open Knowledge Foundation. Learn more by exploring The Open Data Handbook.

The Big Data become also a trend where extremely large amounts of data are analyzed for new and interesting perspectives that drive to the availability and accessibility of datasets and statistics.

Locating an Original Dataset from a Journal Article

Use the following steps to locate dataset used in a research article within the USEK Libray databases. 

  1. Go to One Search tool.
  2. Enter your search term to locate relevant articles. 
  3. Use filters on the left-hand side of the search results page and under Refine by Content type, limit your results to Data Set.  See example below:                                                                           

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