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Psychology: Psychology Datasets

Highlights of the Fordham library resources on psychology.

Working with datasets

Tips for Working with Datasets

  • Review the terms of use to ensure that you are using the data within the guidelines stipulated by the data creator/collector and the hosting organization.
  • Consider the format of the data and how it can be downloaded; determine if you will need to reformat, clean up, or add headings to the data.
  • Collect citation information--data sets must be cited. Data repositories will often have citing guidelines, but a reference librarian can also assist with citation and style. 
  • Consider best practices for data sharing. We recommend using the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) metric to evaluate your data. 
  • Understand how and why the data was collected, maintained, and shared.

Recommended Reading

Martone, M. E., Garcia-Castro, A., & VandenBos, G. R. (2018). Data sharing in psychology. The American psychologist73(2), 111–125.

Alter, G., & Gonzalez, R. (2018). Responsible practices for data sharing. The American psychologist73(2), 146–156.

Psychology Open Datasets

Other Psychology Data Resources

General Open Datasets

Want to further explore Open Data and Datasets? Take a look at our Open Datasets Research guide - it contains resources for finding, exploring, and working with Open Data and Datasets.

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