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1factual information (such as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation

2information in digital form that can be transmitted or processed

3information output by a sensing device or organ that includes both useful and irrelevant or redundant information and must be processed to be meaningful

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (2021).

Below is an overview of locating data - but if you want to know more about analysing, discussing and presenting data please see the Data LibGuide

Data Search Engines


Search by keyword or by country. Comprehensive European search and beyond Europe included.

Free data sets

The majority of the datasets are behind a pay wall, but many popular datasets are available free. Contact library staff for more information on accessing a particular dataset if required.

Websites for Data

An easy way to find, explore and reuse a countries public (usually Government) data

In Google try searching "" = data from the United States = data from the United Kingdom = data from Australia



From the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency, United States of America)

Search for large Datasets to download