“I’ve found,” says Diana Aleman, assistant editor of SAGE Stats and MethodSpace blogger, “that students are consistently being called upon to pull data and/or statistics into their projects all the time. … Students are having a lot of trouble using the data sets that they’ve found and using them effectively in their projects or in the classroom.”
Collecting, examining, and reporting with data can be a daunting task for new and seasoned researchers alike. While this recorded hour-long webinar — “Tips for Student Success With Data“ — was focused on librarians, the subject of access to or discovery of data, as opposed to data’s mere existence, applies widely. Here, Lynda Kellam, the data services and government information librarian for the University of North Carolina-Greensboro University Libraries, explores how to best help students find and evaluate data – the “four W’s” of data discovery, as she terms it. Kellam, a data services librarian for the last decade, co-edited the 2016 book Databrarianship: The Academic Librarian in Theory and Practice published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
“Discovering data and statistics is not difficult, necessarily,” Kellam tells participants, “we do need as reference librarians to consider the unique aspects of data to ensure that our students have the most success during their research process.”
After her presentation, and before questions from the webinar attendees were answered, Aleman, shares her advice on analyzing and visualizing data.