Things get a little squirrelly from the credibility standpoint when you see something posted as authoritative on the internet. Buzz Kill- Everything posted on the internet is not factual, regardless of how many links may point to it. How do you really know if it is true? Accurate?
How do I find Credible Data Sources?
Reality is, never present data that you cannot vouch for its authenticity. Click Here to look at some examples of social media posts that were inaccurate. The United States Government even felt it necessary to have a law regarding this. While this certainly does not stop people from making outrageous claims, you can do a little research for yourself before you present data. Go to the source!
Listed below are some of my favorite credible data sources.
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These data sources are also very useful when creating Infographics.
Here is some more information on How to Find Accurate and Compelling Data by Ross Crooks.
Where to Find Good Data
Luckily, there are many reliable sources that can give you access to a wealth of data on a variety of subjects. Here are a few to get you started.
- UNData: A statistical database of all UN data.
- Amazon Public Data Sets: A repository of large data sets relating to biology, chemistry, economics, etc., including the the Human Genome Project.
- Pew Research: Public opinion polls, demographic research, media studies, etc.
Academic Studies/White Papers
- Google Scholar: A wide array of information, including articles, theses, books, abstracts, white papers, court opinions,etc.
- Google Finance: Real-time stock market data.
- Google Public Data Explorer: Searchable large datasets on economic development worldwide.
- The CIA World Factbook: Global information on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, etc.
- U.S. Census Bureau: Demographics, geographic information, and education for U.S. population.
- Data.gov: An open data source for U.S. government data.
- SocialMention: Real-time social data.
- Google Trends: Explore search data and trends.
- Topsy: Search social trends and tweet history.
- Healthdata.gov: Data on Medicaid, Medicare, clinical studies, treatments, etc.
- CDC.gov: Public health data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Only when you have good data from a solid source can you craft a credible, informative, and persuasive message.