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Need to Know: Help with Data Analysis

NEW! Starting in Fall 2016, the Policy Sciences & Economics Library will be providing advanced support for data literacy and analysis. We invite you to request a consultation with the library faculty in PSEL to discuss your project.

The Department of Economics provides tutoring to any student in an Economics class or with Economics-related question. For more information on their hours: 

The Statistics Department also runs a helpdesk to provide statistical advice to students of Texas A&M University who are engaged in unfunded research. Additional information can be found:

The Libraries also have a number of manuals and reference guides online for the various statistical packages:

Need to Know: How to Cite Data

While a lot of attention is paid to finding and using datasets, it is just as critical to attribute the information properly and cite it.  Each discipline or publication seems to have its own convention for citing either in reference lists or in text.

Here are some sources that may provide assistance:

Data repositories and scholarly data sites may also provide a preferred citation for a dataset. Here are few that are core in policy sciences:

Different citation styles will also offer guidance on how to cite data:

Economic Data and Indicators (Country-level)

US Economic Data

The Census is a great source for economic and financial data at all levels (country, state and local government, business and trade and individual or consumer):

Providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner:

Specific agencies also collect economic, among other, data related to their missions:

Industry-Level Economic Data

Country Profile Data

Data on GDP

On the state level, the market value of goods and services is called the Gross State Product (GSP): at the metropolitan or city level, this measure it referred to as the Gross Regional Product (GRP).  To find state and regional level data, it is available from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and through the governing body (State, County or City government).