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E 388M: Introduction to Digital Humanities- Clement

Activity: Finding and Evaluating a Dataset

Finding repositories in R3Data

r3data is the Registry of Research Data Repositories and cover almost 3,000 disciplinary data repositories

  1. Navigate to
  2. Search by a general keyword or subject area, such as "humanities"
  3. On the results page, select a repository
  4. Click through to the repository and then search or browse for a dataset
  5. Work through some of the questions below


  1. Navigate to
  2. Click "Browse" in the upper right corner and then browse by subject or by content type

Finding a dataset using Google Dataset Search

  1. Navigate to Google Dataset Search
  2. Use keywords to search for a dataset on a topic that interests you. Brief 1-3 word searches with general terms work best.
  3. Once you find a dataset, see if you can answer the questions in the box below.


Look at the descriptive information about the dataset

  • Who created this data set?
  • What dates do the data cover?
  • What type of information is included in the dataset?
  • What types of files are included in the dataset? Do you have the right software to work with those files?
  • Are you allowed to reuse this data? Does it have a license or a rights statement?

Click through to the dataset

  • Can you see a preview of the data? What does it look like?
  • If the data is organized in a table or spreadsheet, can you understand the column headers?
  • Where can you download the dataset?
  • Can you tell how large the dataset is?

Getting ready to analyze the data

  • How was this data collected and for what purpose?
  • Are there potential sources of bias in the data?
  • What information might be missing from this data?
  • What questions could I investigate using this data?

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