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PLCY 430: Analysis of U.S. National Security Policy

Finding Data - Strategies

  • Define the specific elements of your question:  time, geography and subject matter.
  • Consider what organizations might care enough to pay for data collection on your topic.
    • government (international, national, state, local...)
    • trade associations
    • non-profits
    • academe (directly from a researcher or indirectly from a repository)
  • Read the literature and identify sources.
  • Will data be costly in terms of money or time to obtain?  Do you have the requisite knowledge to manipulate it?
     

Understanding Data

  • Read the technical documentation!
  • Consider the purpose for which data were collected, and their limitations.
  • Ask the experts.

Citing Data

Data Sources

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