What are data?
Data (plural of datum) are a collection of facts, figures, numbers, (hopefully) organized in a way that they are accessible. Data can be quantitative (such as numerical) or qualitative (such as survey results) and are frequently the result of research in the sciences or social sciences. Researchers generally try to find relationships between their data in a specific project or between their data and another researchers data. It is important to pay attention to where data are published and who published the data to ensure they are reliable. Use the "How to Find Reliable Information" tab of this guide for tips on locating good data.
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And why should I use them in my research?
Data, your own, or another researchers, can help you answer your research question. Data provides valuable background information. Data can help your persuade your reader or point to a social problem needing a solution.
The UNT Libraries subscribe to several database that include data and statistics. Read the descriptions for the following databases to determine which one best suits your research needs. If you need guidance on locating data, please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Librarian, Julie Leuzinger (she/her/hers).