Research Data Services

Though rarely a part of library collections that come to mind before books and journals, data and statistics used for research are important resources for students and faculty at a liberal arts college like Carleton. From the statistical claim in the beginning of an essay to digital humanities projects to heavily quantitative comps projects, numerical evidence runs throughout the world of information students interpret and in which they participate themselves. The Gould Library collects and catalogs data and statistical information sources for use in classes and student research. Reference and Instruction librarians assist students in discovering research data and statistics and managing those data once found or collected. Additionally, they include in their classroom instruction sessions strategies for identifying and evaluating quantitative information as part of their broader information literacy approach. Librarians work with staff in ITS, the Geospatial Lab, the Writing Center, and at St. Olaf to provide a coordinated approach to supporting academic work at Carleton involving research data.

Please contact Kristin Partlo with any questions, suggested additions to the collection, or to discuss our model of support.