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Nina Exner
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Nina Exner, Research Data Librarian
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Health Sciences Library
509 N. 12th St.
Richmond, VA 23298
804-628-2714
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Data vs. Statistics

This guide will help you find statistics and data. Using the term data implies that you want access to a file you can manipulate with programs like SPSS, SAS or R whereas statistics means that you want to find prepared numerical information in the form of pre-prepared tables, figures, percentages and the like.

Frequently, resources that provide statistics also allow you to access the raw data. However, repositories of data are unlikely to contain any statistics. The descriptions of resources included in this guide will help you determine if a resource includes data, statistics or both.

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There are countless sources for statistical information and data. Just knowing where to look can be tricky. The following sources cover a variety of topics, so they are a good place to start.

Videos on secondary analysis

Are you looking for datasets to download for reanalysis in SPSS, SAS, STATA, or other analytical or stats software? Consider these past lecture videos on secondary analysis:

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