The data services LibGuide is the central location to find information about using and working with data. The guide is an excellent starting place to learn about data topics, or to find related tools to help you accomplish your task. Data tools are showcased monthly, and available on the data tool highlights page. The data management plan is increasing in importance, as more grants and journals are requiring one to accompany your research project.
Finding data sources can be challenging, as there is no centralized location for these data sets. Taking advantage of the librarian’s skills of finding information will save you time, and allow you to focus on your research. Discoverability is crucial to having others find your data to reuse and reanalyze for other research questions. Speak with the librarians to ensure you have the proper metadata attached to your data set.
Along with metadata, you also need the proper repository for storage and preservation. This is just one more way librarians can assist with your data needs. To see a complete list of ways librarians can assist you, review the librarian role in research data management.
Whether you are new to conducting research and working with data, or just need some help, start at the library’s data services LibGuide.
by Adrienne Brodie, MLS, liaison librarian for ATSU-ASHS & ATSU-SOMA