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Poetics of Place: ENG 3003 / 5601

Research help for Jena Osman's Fall 2020 courses related to poetics of place.

What's So Great About Data?

graph chartData is raw information. Data or data sets are primary sources that are the result of research studies or surveys. Statistics are the collection, organization, interpretation, and analysis of data. Statistics are found in tables, graphs, and charts.

When and Why You Should Use Data:

  • You need to clarify and put arguments into perspective
  • You need to identify trends, outliers, and patterns across seemingly disparate topics
  • You need demographic information about trends in local communities, across states, or at the national level

Remember: Data alone can't make the argument for you. Treat data as evidence that requires interpretation. Data is only as good as the people who create it, the quality of their work, and how well they relay their personal or organizational bias. 

Statistics & Data

Need to find hard numbers?  Use the following databases to find statistics on a variety of topics across time.