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Searching for datasets

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Narration: Hello. This short video will show you how to search for data sets in the Walden Library. Data sets are the raw data that has been collected by someone else. Researchers can use these raw sets of information to analyze for their own purposes.

Narration: You can find data sets at the library statistics and data guide. From the library home page, click on the Start Your Research tab at the top of the page. In the Search by Type box, click on the link for Statistics and Data.

Narration: This is the Statistics and Data library guide. The main page of this guide has information on what a data set is, how to use them, and additional resources. We can search for data sets by clicking on the Statistics and Data by Topic link on the left side of the screen.

Narration: Type in a topic in the statistics combined search box at the top of the page. Let's use the example provided and type in population growth. Click on the magnifying glass to run your search. Choose the resource you want to look at by reviewing the brief description under each results. Let's look at urban population growth data.

Narration: This information is provided to us by the World Bank. From this page, we can download the data in different formats. We can also use the DataBank tool underneath those links. This will help us view and manipulate our data. We can add or remove countries, we can add or remove different series, and we can give it a specific time frame.

Narration: Remember that although we started this search in the Walden Library, All of these results go to outside resources. It may take some time to find what you're looking for. If you have any questions, you can click on the Ask A Librarian link and send us an email. We'd be happy to help you any way we can. Thank you so much for watching.