Finding Data

A comprehensive list of data sources is not the goal of this page. Instead, we present a few high-level resources to get you started on finding the data you need. For any data you use, remember to cite it according to data citation best practices

University of Arizona Sources

Name Description
Library Databases: Data Sets The Libraries subscribes to many databases which are free to access for UA students, faculty, and staff. Data includes business, demographic, and geographic data among others.  To browse the rest of the subscription content, click on the Databases Home tab in the link. (Must access from campus network or via VPN)
UA Campus Repository The Campus Repository mainly holds document-based information (open access articles, monographs, theses and dissertations, reports, etc.) but it also contains a limited amount of data.
Spatial Data Explorer The Libraries maintain a collection of geospatial data. The Explorer also imports spatial data from certain other institutions. For more information on the Spatial Data Explorer and more spatial data resources, see the GIS support page.
Open Science Framework @ UA The portal for all public OSF projects at UA
Clinical Data Warehouse HIPAA-compliant electronic health record (EHR) information from the Banner University Medical Center - Tucson.

Data Indexers

In addition to the list below, see the Data Repositories page for more places to find datasets.

Name Description
Re3Data Registry of Research Data Repositories. A worldwide index of data repositories.
Fairsharing A database of data repositories and related metadata standards and policies. Also useful for identifying metadata standards for writing a DMP.
Google Dataset Search Search for data across many data repositories and government websites
SHARE Create notifications for new content from major repositories and indexers such as Datacite, Figshare, OSF, the UA Campus Repository, DataONE, ClinicalTrials.gov, Dryad and many more.
Web of Science: Data Citation Index  Find data from articles and repositories indexed in Web of Science. Select the Data Citation Index from the Select Database dropdown at the top of the page. (Must access from campus network or via VPN)

Community Resources

These are useful compilations of which include government data sources and interesting or unique datasets

  • Data.world: a community-contributed catalog of datasets (free account required for log in)
  • Data is Plural: a curated mailing list of interesting datasets by Jeremy Singer Vine. The list is also available on Data.world
  • Awesome Public Datasets: a community-curated list of high-quality datasets in many disciplines