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Data Sources: Overview

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Business/Economics- View and download datasets on regional and global economic and company information, industry and consumer profiles, policies and market insights.

Physical Sciences- Find data in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physics/Astronomy, as well as general science repositories.

Social Sciences/Education-  Includes data in the areas of public opinion, culture, criminal justice, economics, equity, education, archeology.

Humanities- Locate data on how humans interpret and document their world, including literature, philosophy, religion, arts, linguistics, history.

GIS/Mapping- Spatial data categorized by location: United States, Texas, General, and Historical.

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What is data?

Data is the direct result of a research investigation, before interpretation. It is factual material used to validate or refute research findings, and it can take many forms: images, text, numbers, audio clips, etc.

Researchers analyze data to create new understandings and form new knowledge. Statistics are often created after an analysis of the data to provide quick insights into how many or how much of something exists.