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Research Data Management

Common data sources

Common data sources

All disciplines: Figshare, Dataverse, Zenodo,, Data Citation Index (part of Web of Science)

Humanities: UK Data Archive

Sciences: GitHub, Dryad

Social sciences: ICPSR, Roper iPoll, American Fact Finder, Pew Research Center, Statistical Abstracts of the US

Business: BusinessDecision, DemographicsNow, IBISWorld, MarketLine, Mergent Online

Others: Web of Science Data Citation Citation Index, and Deep Blue Data

Find additional data repositories:

  • Re3: Registry of Research Data Repositories
  • Simmons College List of Data Repositories
  • PLOS Recommended Repositories

Re-using data ethically

Look at the license on the dataset (if there is one) to understand how yu can and cannot use the data. Be sure to follow the terms of the license carefully.

If you are re-using data collected by other researchers, you need to be a courteous consumer of that data.

Creative Commons




Open Data Commons License

Cite the dataset

When re-using a dataset in a publication or presentation, give the complete citation for the dataset (like you would for a scholarly publication).

At a minimum, the citation should include:

  • Author names
  • Date of publication
  • Title of data set
  • Name of data center, repository or publisher
  • Electronic location or identifier (such as a permanent URL or DOI)
  • Date the data was accessed

Citing datasets - example from Dryad

General data citation guidelines

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