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Data is everywhere online! There are statistics on so many topics. And yet, if a researcher wants to answer their research questions with existing data, it is usually not possible. In this webinar, we will introduce the difference between statistics and response-level microdata. This webinar will cover some widely-used datasets that may be useful for a variety of studies, as well as search sites for finding more datasets. We will also discuss the basics of iteratively adjusting research questions and available datasets, in order to create a basic secondary project that incorporates your interests while also using the data that is available.

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Name at least two places to search for a dataset on a topic
  • Locate the dataset that underlays a piece of statistical or study data, in order to attempt a search for the underlying data
  • Identify variable definitions is a well-formed dataset, in order to determine whether it aligns with a certain research question


A recording will be available after the session.

Presenter Information: Nina Exner


Registration Information

Please register, so we can know how many people to expect and can send you reminders with the URL (https://vcu.zoom.us/j/894305371) to join us on the day of the event. For more information or special accommodations, please contact Julie Arendt at jaarendt@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Event Organizer

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Nina Exner

Nina is the Research Data Librarian at the VCU Libraries, supporting both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. 

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Julie Arendt


(804) 828-1539