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Public Service as Responsible Citizenship 20121:827:201:01: Data

Guide to information sources for the research paper in this course.

Open Data in New Jersey

Code for America has brought a new approach to government data.  Instead of IT professionals building big systems, coders and activists meet to build apps for citizens.  Here are some New Jersey links:

More Open Data

Additional Dataset Sources

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets

Google Dataset Search (Beta)

Specialized Google search tool just for datasets.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 

"An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.  ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields." -- from the website hosted at the University of Michigan


"Statista gathers data from over 18,000 sources, including market reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases."--from the library introduction page.  (Rutgers-restricted Access)

New Jersey Data Portals

Selected National and State Data Sources
A government-sponsored gateway to the statistics of federal, state, and local government websites.  You may search or browse by topic.

Federal search engine especially for datasets from government and other sources.

US Census

Online site for census information, including population, social and economic characteristics, ancestry, economic census (business establishments and so forth), and information about state and local governments.  Based upon the decennial census, the economic census,and official surveys such as the American Community Survey. Besides the full American Factfinder search engine, some interesting subjects covered by specialized searches are: School District Data ; QuickFacts about states, counties, and cities; and the American Community Survey. The County Business Patterns page, which includes business patterns by zip code as well as by county, leads to overview stats; detailed information for US counties can now be accessed through American FactFinder..

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Labor force, employment and unemployment data, consumer and other price indexes (inflation measures), and much more

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

Economic statistics for the US, including US gross domestic product, consumer expenditures, balance of payments, and much more.  Interactive data mapping available for some series.

Criminal Justice

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Federal statistics about crime, courts, and corrections.  The Data and Product Finder assists with finding the right data on the site.

Crime Reports and Statistics, New Jersey State Police

The Uniform Crime Reports, plus information on fatal accidents, domestic violence, bias incidents, and more


Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

From the US Department of Education

School District Data from the Census Bureau

Data about schools and the communities in which they live

New Jersey School Performance Report

District by district data from the NJ Department of Education


Health Statistics

CDC National Center for Health Statistics

From the Centers for Disease Control


Health Statistics for Nursing Students

Research guide designed by Ann Watkins, former Life Sciences Librarian at Dana Library.



Publications from the United States Conference of Mayors

Includes a multi-city survey of hunger and homelessness each December.  Other reports about cities are also included on this page.

Factsheets (National Coalition for the Homeless)

Facts about homelessness


Child Hunger

Hunger Resources from No Kid Hungry

County-by-County Hunger Statistics from



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