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Data Services: Data Resources

Learn more about managing your research data and resources to collect data

Open Source Data for Research

How to find Data

Every data analysis and visualization starts with good and clean data. Most of people believe that collecting big data would be a rough thing, but it’s simply not true. There are thousands of free data sets available online, ready to be consumed by any one.

Open Source Data
  • - It is the first stage and acts as a portal to all sorts of amazing information on everything from climate to crime freely by the US Government
  • US Census - The website is about the government-informed statistics on the lives of US citizens including population, economy, education, geography, and more
  • World Fact Book - Facts on every country in the world; focuses on history, government, population, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of 267 countries
  • U.S. National Center for Education Statistics - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

Proprietary Data Resources (University at Albany)

Please follow the guidelines for using E-Resources at the University at Albany.

  • JSTOR - JSTOR helps you explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform
  • Lexis-Nexis - Databases for news, law, business, biography, medicine, and reference. A Source List is available for viewing
  • Policy Map - Collection of GIS Data
  • Science Direct - Contains the full-text of over 1,100 Elsevier journals


Guidelines for Using Licensed Electronic Resources at the University at Albany

Publishers and content providers of electronic resources, such as databases and journals, require the University at Albany to sign license agreements as part of the subscription process. License agreements generally include provisions intended to prevent unauthorized access or redistribution of the licensed content.

Publishers routinely monitor usage of resources. When unauthorized use is discovered, access to a licensed resource can be blocked. Violation of a license agreement by one individual can potentially result in the cancelation of the agreement and the suspension of access for the entire community.

Users are expected to comply with the University’s Standards of Academic Integrity and the Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy. It is the responsibility of every member of the University at Albany community to ensure that licensed resources are used in an ethical manner.

While the terms of electronic resource license agreements vary, the following are examples of unauthorized use:

  •  Systematically downloading large amounts of information (such as downloading all articles in a journal issue; or performing large-scale downloading to create and/or retain large databases)
  • Retrieving information by use of automated software or scripts
  • Sharing login credentials
  • Commercial use
  •  Sharing copies with non-authorized users (people not affiliated with the University at Albany)
  •  Uploading licensed content to an open website or sharing through social media

Please note, text and data mining are prohibited under the terms of most existing license agreements. In some cases, these activities may be permitted under some conditions. Please contact your subject librarian to investigate options for specific resources.