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Social Work

Key information resources for research in clinical social work, social policy, child welfare, gerontology, mental and behavioral health, military behavioral health, leadership, and social work education. Expanded resources for conducting systematic review

Statistics vs Datasets

Statistics are useful for social work practice because they provide information about social issues. Look for statistics on this guide if you need information/numbers about a topic. If you need raw numbers to download and analyze yourself, use the datasets boxes below. 

Best Bets for Statistics about Sociology and Social Work Topics

Best Bets for Finding Datasets

If you need datasets on a topic, search the following three resources:

How to Search for Open/free Datasets

Google Web Search

Include your topic keywords, along with the word dataset.

Example: juvenile recidivism dataset

Tip: You can also use the Google Dataset Search

Datasets for Social Welfare

Datasets from these sources are in a downloadable format such as a spreadsheet (.xls, xlsx, or .csv). 

Datasets about Children & Youth

State and Local Data Portals

Social Science Dataset Examples

Data Visualization Info