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Data Discovery


Assistance with finding and formatting digital numeric and spatial data

This service is a joint project of the University Library and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) Data Analytics Program and is available to everyone on campus. Services offered include: acquiring data sets needed for teaching and research, locating, downloading, and preparing data for secondary analysis, and identifying and creating course materials and teaching tools (including help finding customized data sets drawn from various data repositories). Contact Carissa Phillips, Data Discovery and Business Librarian, for assistance.

Course-related instruction on finding and using data

Contact James Whitacre to schedule an introduction to geographic or numeric data for your class. There is an instructional lab in the library that has ArcGIS and SPSS installed on fourteen workstations if you do not have this software available in your classroom.  For LAS courses, the CITL Data Analytics Program also offers course tutorials incorporating data and software instruction. Please visit the ATLAS-CITL Data Analytics site, which has a link to workshop registration.


The Data Services Committee offers workshops on using specific data sets (ICPSR and Roper) as well as an introduction to geographic information systems. These workshops are offered during fall and spring semesters as part of the Savvy Researcher series.

Powerpoint for GIS 101: Understanding GIS workshop

Access to Data and Online Maps

The links below are arranged by geographic scope, from largest to most local. The links are chosen to be representative of the types of data available. If something you are looking for is not listed please contact us at sc@library.illinois.edu