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Finding Data

Strategies and resources for finding data across the social sciences, including opinion surveys.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us with any data-related questions! The Clark Library website show multiple options for getting in touch with us, or making an appointment for a consultation.

Data Services

The University Library's Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) provides assistance with spatial data, numeric data, and statistics or the University of Michigan community. SAND offers two computing areas, the Clark Lab - located in the Clark Library within Hatcher Graduate Library, and SAND North - located in room 2207 of the Art and Architecture Building.

Specifically, SAND:

  • Assists in locating and acquiring digital numeric and spatial data sets, especially social science data sets
  • Collaborates with the Documents Center to provide a complete resource for locating Census data
  • Provides access to a variety of spatial and statistical software, and assistance in data management and translation
  • Assists in using geographic information systems (GIS) software and locating campus resources for more advanced assistance
  • Provides course-related and library instruction on data related topics
  • Acquires, stores, and provides access to digital spatial data sets on a secure server

We provide access to data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Global Insight, Geolytics, ESRI, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, and many other sources.

Our computing spaces provide software to help students and researchers work with spatial and numeric data. We are equipped with ArcGIS for Desktop, ERDAS Imagine, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver), and more.