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Resources for doing research on an education topic.

U-M Campus Data Storage

Data Storage Finder - The Data Storage Finder is designed to help you find storage solutions to meet your needs. It is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive catalog of storage services available at U-M.

Searching Google for Open Data

Start by searching all web sites that end with the government domain .gov. Include the word data then add any other word that will help define the type of data you're looking for, ex.: data domestic violence. Use the Google search box below to complete your search from this guide. 

Google Web Search


Search nonprofits NGOs for data by searching web sites using the .org domain. Here's an example search - data HIV

Google Web Search


Google Labs also offers Google Public Data Explorer which provides access to a number of open international data sets along with ways to visualize this data  as charts and maps.  

Qualitative Data Analysis

Education Data Repositories

The following is a list of research data repositories for the field of education. In some cases, the repositories are for the social sciences more broadly:

 National Center for Education Statistics    

 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

 Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
 NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive


Research Data Management Plans

The creation of a data management plan (DMP) is a best practice for research projects that involve the collection and/or dissemination of data. Data management plans help to insure that data collected for a project have the integrity, quality, and provenance needed to support the proposed research; and that data necessary for external replication of research findings will be available to the research community. In addition, many organizations sponsoring research, including many federal agencies and non-profit foundations, require a formal data management plan. 

For assistance with creating a DMP, please see:

Statistical Data

Education Statistics Sources of education statistics compiled by a group of education librarians. If you know of any good sources that are not listed here, please let me know so that I can add it to the guide.
National Center for Education Statistics Main source for data related to education from the federal government.
Digest of Education Statistics Statistical information about American education at all levels.
The Condition of Education Tables and charts on a wide variety of indicators in education.
Projections of Education Statistics Statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools for the past 15 years and projected into the future.
University of Michigan Spatial and Numeric Data Service A consultation, service and referral point for microdata from ICPSR and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research as well as government sources. Provides extensive help with Geographic Information Systems and mapping data.
ProQuest Statistical Insight Indexes and abstracts federal statistical publications since 1974, business and state government publications since 1980, and international agency publications since 1983.
UMich Only
OECD iLibrary Statistical data bases of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In-depth time series of data for the Western European countries, United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia.
UMich Only
United Nations Data Hundreds of data elements for almost all countries, 1946+ present. Advanced View supports multiple series, years, and countries with downloading capability into Excel, ASCII, or CSV formats. Web site includes definitions, sources of the data, and a topical list of subjects.
Higher Education Statistics Agency Central source for higher education statistics in the United Kingdom.
Kids Count Data Book Data on the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children all across the U.S.
Education in the United States: 1940-1983  
Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange Statistical survey of foreign students in the United States and U.S. study abroad programs.
College Insight Statistics on college success, diversity, financial aid, and student debt.


Measuring University Performance

The MUP Center reports provide total research and development expenditures, federally sponsored research and development expenditures as indicators of research scale. number of members of the National Academies number of significant faculty awards earned, number of doctorates awarded, number of postdoctoral appointments supported; and median SAT scores as indicators of student competitiveness.

Research Data