Finding data is an important part of this research project. You need to tell both the qualitative and the quantitative story of the problem you are writing about. How many people are affected? And for how long have they been affected? How does this population compare to a similar population in a different part of the country (or the world).
Finding the dataset you are looking for can be challenging. There are a few ideas on this page. If you are still struggling, ask a librarian. You can reach out to Stephanie (librarian for this class) at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can use our Ask-A-Librarian chat service, you can visit the reference desk (3rd floor of the library) or you can get in touch with your assigned librarian.
To get started, the Libraries have these suggested data sources: Data and Statistics
New York's Independent Budget Office (IBO) produces data-driven reports and analysis on a variety of topics. You can browse this site, or join their mailing list for regular updates.
If you need New York City data, try the agency itself. You can access all New York City agencies through https://www1.nyc.gov/
Thanks to open data initiatives, you can also access interesting local datasets through NYC Open Data.
As a search engine, Google can direct us to a lot of important information on the open web. To save time, use these tricks to search smarter in Google.
If you need data (or reports) from government sites, add site:gov to the end of your search
Example: water policy:gov
For public data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, use a demographic term + a location
Example: population by race new jersey
For more, see Google's Tips and Tricks.
Google also has a Dataset Search. It's kind of like Google Scholar, but for datasets.
You can read about it here: https://www.blog.google/products/search/making-it-easier-discover-datasets/
You can try it our here: https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch