What is public data?
Public data is described as information that can be accessed freely. More specifically, public data is information that can be redistributed without any restrictions on usage.
How to find data?
Data can be found through a myriad of sources. This dataguide will help you gain access to both free and paid sources via the Oxy library. Cater your research process through the search guides on the left!
If you Google your topic with the term "statistics" or "data," Google is unlikely to produce results that offer you good data. However, within your results, you may find articles that cite original data sets from institutions like universities, research centers, government agencies, or non-partisan think tanks.
To increase your odds of finding useful citations, try searching for your topic and "statistics" or "data" using Google Scholar and Google News. In your results, take note of which institutions collect the data that interest you. Find those institutions on-line via Google and explore the data pages of their websites.