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Using Data and Statistics

"Using the data" guide has been created especially for those who need a quick review on how to read and use data. It is not a comprehensive guide but is intended as a first step in understanding and incorporating Statistics Canada data. To access the site, click here.

Guide to Data and Statistics


1. Determine whether Statistics Canada has produced a data file on your topic:

Use the following available tools:

a) Specialized Search Tools

List of resources to help you find Statistics Canada data and information.

b) Statistics Canada's "The Daily"

The Daily is Statistics Canada's official release bulletin, the Agency's first line of communication with the media and the public. The Daily issues news releases on the current social and economic conditions and announces new products. It provides a comprehensive one-stop overview of new information available from Statistics Canada.

2. Determine if the data file you need is available through Data Liberation Initiative (DLI):

Check the DLI Collection to find out if the data file is available through DLI.

Access to DLI Data: If a data file you need is available through DLI, please visit either Library Data Service in Mills Library, Room L104/C with USB Key to copy the files or visit online Data Portal <odesi> to download the data in a variety of formats such as SPSS, SAS, Stata etc.

3. Determine if any of the resources listed on Data/Statistics Collection web pages contain data/stats you need


ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

ICPSR provides direct access to the data holdings for all students, faculty, and staff at McMaster University for the purposes of teaching, research and private study only. By creating a "MyData" account, any user with an authorized McMaster University's IP address may download data from ICPSR.


Citing Data and Data Products

Guidelines and best practices on citing various types of research data.