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Find Datasets for Reuse

Perform a Literature Search

Consider beginning your search for published data with a search for published literature. Search for academic articles related to the population, problem or methodology you are targeting. These articles should reference the data repositories, databases, or specific data sets used to conduct the research, and may detail where any data created throughout this research has been deposited.

Data presented alongside published articles could take any of the following three forms:

supplemental material, data availability statement, and data citations  

Finding Data in PubMed

Within PubMed articles, data links can be found in two main places:

  1. Data supplied by publishers or NCBI sequence databases will be found in the Secondary Source ID field
  2. Links provided directly by external data repositories are found in the LinkOut section of a PubMed record
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Finding Data in PubMed Central

After performing a search for your topic of interest, use the Associated Data filter to show only the results that contain data associated with the research.

screen shot of associated data selection under article attributes

These associated data could be any or all of the following:

  • Supplemental Material: Files stored and made available with a full-text article
  • Data Availability Statements: Text description in full text (may include a citation for the data)
  • Data Citations: Machine-readable metadata in references or article text

These data will be listed in the Data Box within the PMC article. The Data Box displays only on articles that have one or more instances of associated data.

screen shot of PMC data box showing associated data   Access PubMed Central


Search through Data Repositories

Data repositories are storage locations for datasets and information about those datasets in a way that is searchable to users. Data repositories are often databases made available online, and they tend to have an overall theme for the type of data stored within.

Learn more about data repositories and how to choose one Visit this page on the library's data services site


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Discover Data Oriented Research

The data journals described below publish articles about significant datasets produced through scientific research, or topics in data science. Description of individual data journals are provided below.

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  • Scientific Data: a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets, and research that advances the sharing and reuse of scientific data.
  • MDPI Data Journal: a peer-reviewed open access journal in data science, with the aim of enhancing data transparency and reusability. The journal published in two sections: a section on the collection, treatment and analysis methods of data in science; and a section publishing descriptions of scientific and scholarly datasets.
  • Data in Brief: provides a way for researchers to easily share and reuse each other's datasets by publishing data articles.
  • GigaScience: publishes all research objects from big data studies across the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences.
  • Journal of Open Psychology Data: features peer reviewed data papers describing psychology datasets with high reuse potential.
  • Open Health Data: features peer-reviewed data papers describing health datasets with high reuse potential.