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Data for the Non-Data Librarian

Does the idea of answering a data or statistics question make you break out in a cold sweat? Never fear! Listen to experienced data librarians Jen Darragh and Hailey Mooney discuss their vetted approach to answering whatever questions come your way in the webinar “Data for the Non-Data Librarian.” Learn about the difference between data and statistics, search strategies, and tips for finding local area data—a consistent data FAQ. They will share real questions from their desk to help you gain insight on how to leverage both free and paid resources.

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Data for the Non-Data Librarian

  1. 1. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Make sure your volume is set appropriately Make sure you have followed the instructions on your keypad properly Make sure everything is plugged in properly to assure your devices are working correctly If you have audio or visual difficulties, please let us know via the Question box and we will be happy to assist you. Please Check Your Settings #SAGETalks
  2. 2. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Data for the Non-Data Librarian #SAGETalks
  3. 3. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Jen Darragh Data Services and Sociology Librarian, Johns Hopkins University Hailey Mooney Data Services Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries #SAGETalks
  4. 4. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC While we do our best to answer as many questions as we can, time constraints may not allow us to answer every question. Thank you for understanding. Send us your questions! Send in your questions via the Question Box on your screen. → Using Twitter? Use the hashtag #SAGETalks. #SAGETalks
  5. 5. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Agenda • Data vs. Statistics • Search Strategies • Local Area Resources • Reference Question #SAGETalks
  6. 6. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Data vs. Statistics • What’s the difference anyway? #SAGETalks
  7. 7. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC #SAGETalks Data
  8. 8. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Data or Statistics? • I am trying to locate data on new vehicle sale prices over the past 10 years. If it was broken down by month, that would be even better. I want to see how sales prices vary. • Poll Question: Data or Statistics? #SAGETalks
  9. 9. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Data or Statistics? • I’m determining the feasibility of developing a senior apartment/housing community in Easton, Md. I would really like to find information that breaks down household income by age for either Easton, MD or Talbot County, MD • Poll Question: Data or Statistics? #SAGETalks
  10. 10. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Data or Statistics? • I want to find out how many people with alcohol dependency also have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. I want to determine the most common disorders and investigate the relationship between amount of alcohol imbibed and severity and length of symptoms. • Poll Question: Data or Statistics? #SAGETalks
  11. 11. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Reference Interview Tips • Statistics or data? • Who or What? • Topic • Unit of Analysis • When? • Most current available, a single year, time series • Where? • Geographic unit(s) #SAGETalks
  12. 12. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC • Examples • The number of mentally ill people who drive cars in Sanilac County • The number of Korean older adults who get services from community centers and live in Michigan • Reality • Never collected • Never published • $$$ • Unwieldy format • Be flexible Expectation Management #SAGETalks
  13. 13. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies • Statistics 1. Use a Finding Aid 2. Identify Potential Producers 3. Turn to the Literature 4. Targeted Online Searches 5. Ask for Help • Data 1. Search in a Data Archive 2. Identify Potential Producers 3. Turn to the Literature 4. Statistics Lead to Data 5. Ask for Help How to Find Data & Statistics LibGuide: http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/datastats #SAGETalks
  14. 14. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Statistics #1: Use a Finding Aid Research Guides Reference Sources • Statistical Abstract of the United States • Historical Statistics of the United States Statistical Databases • Data-Planet • PolicyMap • ProQuest Statistical Insight • SAGE Stats • SimplyMap • Statista #SAGETalks
  15. 15. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Statistics #2: Identify Potential Producers • Who might collect or publish this type of information? Government Agencies Non-Government Organizations Academic Institutions Private Sector #SAGETalks
  16. 16. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Statistics #3 Turn to the Literature • Look for statistics reported in journal, news, and magazine articles. If they report a source, be sure to follow it up! Lemons, J. (2015, July 17). Fighting urban poverty. CQ Researcher, 25, 601-624. Retrieved from http://library.cqpress.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/ #SAGETalks
  17. 17. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Statistics #4 Targeted Online Searches • Think about where to search and which keywords to use. Search Engines • Site:.gov Library Catalog • Health insurance -- Michigan – Statistics Statistical Indexes • You’ve looped back to strategy #1 #SAGETalks
  18. 18. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Statistics #5: Ask for Help • Knowing when to call in reinforcements is important. #SAGETalks
  19. 19. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Data #1: Search in a Data Archive Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Re3data.org Data Citation Index #SAGETalks
  20. 20. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Data #2: Identify Potential Producers • Who might collect or publish this type of information? Government Agencies Non-Government Organizations Academic Institutions Private Sector #SAGETalks
  21. 21. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Data #3 Turn to the Literature • Search for research studies based on secondary analysis of publicly available data sets. Data Archive Bibliographies • ICPSR Bibliography of Data-Related Literature Library Indexes Books on Research Methods • Secondary data analysis: An introduction for psychologists • Unobtrusive measures #SAGETalks
  22. 22. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Data #4 Statistics Lead to Data • Track it down to the original source. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Health, United States, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/healthrisk.htm #SAGETalks
  23. 23. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Search Strategies for Data #5: Ask for Help • Knowing when to call in reinforcements is important. #SAGETalks
  24. 24. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Local Resources • American Community Survey (ACS) • City/County/State government • City/County/State organizations • Local university/college research groups • Subscription/paid resources Tip: It can be easier to find multiple organizations in larger cities. However, state organizations sometimes have data for smaller areas within the state. #SAGETalks
  25. 25. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC The American Community Survey (ACS) • De facto replacement of the Census Long-Form (discontinued after 2000 Census). • Provides current demographic estimates for a sample of the population every year. • Sample size is around 3.5 million households (per year) which is roughly 3% of total households. #SAGETalks
  26. 26. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Using the ACS https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/guidance/estimates.html #SAGETalks
  27. 27. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC City/County/State Government https://www.data.gov/open-gov/ #SAGETalks
  28. 28. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC City/County/State Government • Local government agencies (.gov or .org) domain) Look for sections of the website that say research, data, reports, or statistics. Don’t be afraid to ask someone at the agency for more information. #SAGETalks
  29. 29. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC City/County/State Government https://www.census.gov/sdc/network.html #SAGETalks
  30. 30. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC City/County/State Organizations You can search for your city (county or state) name and non-profit and directory. Many areas do provide a list. (.org domain) #SAGETalks
  31. 31. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC City/County/State Organizations #SAGETalks
  32. 32. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Local Colleges and Universities Tip: Look for Centers and Research Institutes or community partnerships on the school’s website. #SAGETalks
  33. 33. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Paid/Subscription Resources #SAGETalks
  34. 34. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Paid/Subscription Resources #SAGETalks
  35. 35. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Reference Question • I would like to create a chart showing the following ethnic groups in relation to the total population of Michigan: Arab, Chinese, and Nepali. • Poll Question: Who is a likely producer? • Poll Question: Which databases are likely to have this information? #SAGETalks
  36. 36. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Considerations • Classifications: Ancestry vs. Race • Terminology: Nepali vs. Nepalese • Classifications: Chinese and Nepalese are subdivisions of Asian. Arab is reported under Ancestry • Classifications: Race alone or in combination #SAGETalks
  37. 37. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Answer (Part 1) • American FactFinder Advanced Search selections – Race & Ethnic Groups: Asian – Geography: State: Michigan • B02018. Asian alone or in any combination by selected groups (2011- 2013 ACS 3-year estimates) #SAGETalks
  38. 38. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Answer (Part 2) • American FactFinder Advanced Search selections – Race & Ethnic Groups: Ancestry – Geography: State: Michigan • B04003. Total ancestry reported (2011-2013 ACS 3-year estimates) #SAGETalks
  39. 39. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Answer (Part 3) • American FactFinder Advanced Search selections – Race & Ethnic Groups: Race/Ethnicity of Individual – Geography: State: Michigan • B02001. Race (2011- 2013 ACS 3-year estimates) #SAGETalks
  40. 40. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC While we do our best to answer as many questions as we can, time constraints may not allow us to answer every question. Thank you for understanding. Send us your questions! Send in your questions via the Question Box on your screen. → Using Twitter? Use the hashtag #SAGETalks. #SAGETalks
  41. 41. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi | Singapore | Washington DC Webinar recording, slides, and follow-up Q&A will be emailed to you and available at connection.sagepub.com Thank you! Jen Darragh and Hailey Mooney Be sure to check SAGE Connection for updates on our webinar series! #SAGETalks

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