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Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian

The proliferation of online access to social science statistical and numeric data sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder, has lead to an increased interest in supporting these sources in academic libraries. Many large libraries have been able to devote staff to data services for years, and recently smaller academic libraries have recognized the need to provide numeric data services and support. This guidebook serves as a primer to developing and supporting social science statistical and numerical data sources in the academic library. It provides strategies for the establishment of data services and offers short descriptions of the essential sources of free and commercial social science statistical and numeric data. Finally, it discusses the future of numeric data services, including the integration of statistics and data into library instruction and the use of Web 2.0 tools to visualize data.

General reference librarians in small to medium-sized academic libraries, especially those working with Social Science, Government Information, or Business reference

Paperback, 248 Pages

Published: May 2011

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-580-0


  • There is a lot of helpful guidance on regular aspects of libraries in the context of data librarianship. I would recommend this to academic and research librarians, but think it is relevant to all reference librarians., Refer
    There are far too few books that strike one as perfect. This is one of the few., Reference Reviews


  • Introduction to data services and sources; Supporting statistical and numeric data services and sources; Reference and instruction for data sources; Basic sources for supporting numeric data services; Data librarianship: A day in the life; The future for numeric data services.


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