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ECON 391M: Data in the Social Sciences

Finding Sources

Think about your topic - who would collect the data that you would like to find? Would it be collected nationally, by an international non-governmental organization, by a province, state or territory - or a different governing or organizational body entirely? Is the question that you are analyzing specific to geography, topic, regulation, industry, or  other criteria? All of these questions can help to clarify where to look for data and statistics.

  • To find academic analysis, search within Summon, which covers articles, books and news sources available through UBC Library, regardless of discipline. Use the research guides to find databases for your subject.
  • Searching within the domain of the websites of the data collecting body is a useful way to find existing reports and analysis. Ex. Google search, site:gov.bc.ca "okanagan wine exports"
  • You may find that news sources can be an excellent way to find data sources by starting with a topic. News sources can provide helpful language and context for searching the academic literature and in making sense of data and statistics. They often cite data sources that you can then track down. UBC Library provides free access to many Canadian and international news sources. 
  • Citation Style Guides through UBC Library
  • Examples on how to cite data in APA citation style