AMD 411: Data Visualization

Local Data Sources (San Diego County)

U.S. Data Sources

U.S. Data Sources

Data Visualization: U.S./Federal Data Sources



Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer Expenditure Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Longitudinal Surveys from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Center For Disease Control and Prevention:  health (public, environmental, global, territorial); workplace safety

  • CDC WONDER (Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research)

  • CDC FastStats: quick access to public health statistics by topic


County Business Patterns to see numbers of businesses by area or zip code                

A primary goal of is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative    use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications).


EPA Dataset Gateway

MyEnvironment map tool


National Center for Environmental Analysis and Synthesis


National Climate Data Center: U.S. climate and data weather sets; current and historical data


National Historic GIS


National Wetlands Inventory


NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

National Climatic Data Center


Stanford Geospatial Center


United States Census Data                

The US Census bureau opens its data to the public, provides quick facts about the United States population, and even provides data visualizations of its own.


U.S. Energy Information Administration

International Data Sources

International Data Sources



Public Opinion Data Sources

Public Opinion Data Sources

Data Repositories, Library Research Guides, and Search Tools

Data Repositories, Library Research Guides, and Search Tools

Data Visualization: Data Repositories, Library Research Guides, and Tools

Data Repositories

Open Access Directory: Data Repositories (Environmental Sciences)


ProPublica Data Store

“ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”


Library Research Guides: Environmental Data and Information Sources


Cal State San Marcos Library Environmental Studies Research Guide


Eastern Michigan University Library, “Free Sources of Data Sets on the Web,”


University of Oregon Data Set Sources: Environmental




Google Public Data Explorer


Google Dataset Search

Citing Data

Citing Data

Data Visualization: Citing Data

Citing Data

(from The International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology/IASSIST Quick Guide to Data Citation)


  • Author: Name(s) of each individual or organizational entity responsible for the creation of the dataset.

  • Date of Publication: Year the dataset was published or disseminated.

  • Title: Complete title of the dataset, including the edition or version number, if applicable.

  • Publisher and/or Distributor: Organizational entity that makes the dataset available by archiving, producing, publishing, and/or distributing the dataset.

  • Electronic Location or Identifier: Web address or unique, persistent, global identifier used to locate the dataset (such as a DOI). Append the date retrieved if the title and locator are not specific to the exact instance of the data you used.


These are the minimum elements required for dataset identification and retrieval. Fewer or additional elements may be requested by author guidelines or style manuals. Be sure to include as many elements as needed to precisely identify the dataset you have used.


Example (in MLA style):

Smith, Tom W., Peter V. Marsden, and Michael Hout. General Social Survey, 1972-2010 Cumulative File. ICPSR31521-v1. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producer]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011. Web. 23 Jan 2012. doi:10.3886/ICPSR31521.v1

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