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Learn to Work with Data


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Got data questions? Book a free consultation with Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s data librarian for yourself, group, or team to discuss data-related research questions and needs.

Most consultations occur over Zoom, but you may also send your question via email, or schedule an in-person meeting.

Examples of consultation topics
  • How to find and select health sciences dataset(s), including how to reuse open public data for research or course assignments
  • Best practices for research data management
  • How to make your research more open, accessible, and reproducible, and how to make your data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable)
  • Data compliance and governance, including data use agreements, data licensing, and proper data storage methods
  • Data processing, analysis, and visualization
  • Data tools and software to support your research, such as Python and R

Self-Guided Resources

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Looking for asynchronous ways of learning? Here are some of our favorite free resources for learning to work with data.

Spreadsheet best practices
  • Read this article, Data organization in spreadsheets. Full citation: Karl W. Broman & Kara H. Woo (2018) Data Organization in Spreadsheets, The American Statistician, 72:1, 2-10, DOI: 10.1080/00031305.2017.1375989.


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