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Searching quantitative data for historians: Introduction

Searching data versus searching literature

At the start of the year, you have been offered the basics to learn how to collect scholarly literature:

Learn to search datasets will build upon that knowledge. To find data, you also need to learn new concepts and methods.
Keep in mind that searching data is quite a new development. It will cost more time to find relevant datasets than to find relevant sources.

Welcome to this training

This LibGuide is part of the course 'The City' (History, BA1) to help you develop your searching skills. Following the steps, you can gather data for your assignment on the city of your choice. The topic of the assignment has to be approved beforehand.

You are going to learn:

  • different methods to collect datasets
  • how to evaluate, cite and reuse datasets


The LibGuide will be available for as long as the course lasts. If you have any questions, you can ask them to a librarian by email at


The information in this LibGuide has been taken from the library instruction provided in the year 2017-2018.