Michigan State University

Research Data

Research data are the primary source materials used for the creation of new knowledge. Data means different things to different researchers depending on their disciplines. Examples include survey results, gene sequences, photographs, videos, audio recordings, transcripts, specimens, and sensor readings.

The Digital Scholarship Collaborative supports researchers in creating well-documented data that can potentially be made available for re-use by others and helps navigate the world of digital data available for secondary analysis.

The MSU Libraries collections include many sources of data that can be used in your research for secondary analysis, content analysis, and documentary analysis research methodologies. Here are a few key examples:

Geospatial Data

The Map Library provides a GIS guide along with reference assistance, instruction, and collections support for geospatial data.

Numeric Data and Statistics

Data Services provides reference assistance, instruction, and collections support for numeric data and statistical information resources.

Textual Data

Digital Text Services provides reference assistance, instruction, and collections support for digital text and corpus data.