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Statistics and Data Resources

Guidance on finding and using statistics and data in your research.

Why spatial files?

Statistics can be crucial to building an argument, but how you display your numbers can have a significant imapct on the power of that argument. Presenting your results in a spatial file means presenting them on a map, so viewers understand the geographic distribution of your event. This page of this guide provides links to open source software for generating maps, some spatial files you can use in those software tools, and web-based tools for generating maps.

Open source GIS software

Understanding Census geography

Mapping tools

GIS files