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Dana Library's Data Support

Rutgers University Libraries have subscriptions to several online data extraction and mapping tools.

Social Explorer


Social Explorer provides convenient access to several major sources of demographic data: the U.S. Decennial Census of population and housing, the American Community Survey, and data on religion from InfoGroup and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study. Social Explorer's strength is its interactive mapping tool that allows data to be easily visualized, as well as the easy creation of data extracts.



PolicyMap is an online data and mapping application that provides access to over 10,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, income, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, and more. Data is available at many common geographic entities (address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, metro area) as well as unique geographies such as school districts and political boundaries. Data is accessible in interactive maps, tables, charts, and reports; data is also downloadable as comma-separated value (.csv) files. The maps can be printed, emailed, or saved as image files.

While the public data is available freely, the Rutgers subscription provides access to additional data sets from proprietary sources, including detailed home sales statistics from Boxwood Means, school district performance from GreatSchools, locations of grocery stores and non-profit organizations, and Nielsen (Claritas) estimates and projections for demographic indicators.

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets


Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides fast and easy access to data from more than 70 organizational sources, with over 35 billion data points from 4.9 billion datasets available. All of the data have been standardized and structured, and are described with up to 37 fields of metadata, including a controlled vocabulary.  Coverage includes US Federal, US State, International, and Nonprofit organizational sources.

A simple interface to quickly look up data is also available at:


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