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Communication and Media

Resources related to the study of mass media and communication, including health communication, political communication, gender and race, global and new media, media policy, social media, journalism, and print and broadcast history, among other topics.

Finding data via the library

U-M Library provides access to various types of data (numeric, geospatial, textual data, "big data" as well as smaller datasets of both data and statistics). These data are available in various ways. Some may be unique datasets purchased separately or content available via a licensed data or statistics database. Access to some datasets may involve signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

About finding data

Examples of unique data collections

  • CoreLogic Parcel Level Real Estate Data Aggregated data from individual, parcel-level real estate transactions and financial records. We have licensed access to Tax, Deed, and Foreclosure data at the parcel level for every county in the United States.
  • Web of Science citation indexes XML files - described here, available by request
  • Brandwatch (social media data - Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr - fill out a form for limited-time access)
  • Data Axle Formerly called Reference USA, or InfoGroup USA, white- and yellow-pages directory listings for all U.S. residences and businesses, supplemented with government information from the Bureau of the Census, etc. Searchable by ZIP code, SIC (Standardized Industrial Classification) codes, number of employees, etc. as well as by name, address, and telephone number. Check links in description for historical business (back to 1997) and consumer (back to 2006) data.

Data and statistics databases