Lamont Library

Data and Government Information Services

Data and Government Information Services serves the research and instructional needs of the Harvard community by providing:

  • reference services (walk-in, phone, and email);
  • instruction services (subject-specific and course-related);
  • data and government information collections;
  • access to data and government information in other locations, as well as online;
  • the tools and expertise necessary to access and use those data.

The unit’s goal is to ensure that faculty, students, and researchers have access to the data they need for their research, and to help them become more adept at finding and using numeric data and government information. As part of Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information at Lamont Library, the staff of the unit also works collaboratively with colleagues to help researchers work with their data in mapping, visualization, and other digital research methods. For information about holdings, see Numeric Data Collections and Government Information/Microforms.

Data and Government Information Services helps provide access to print and electronic data collections in all areas of interest to social scientists; for example, polls and elections results, census data, international trade, and health-related data. The data and government information librarians assist users in locating data from the collections of the Harvard Map Collection, Fung Library, the Harvard Dataverse, the Henry A. Murray Research Archive, ICPSR, the Roper Center, the U.S. Census Bureau, other libraries at Harvard, and data publishers and archives beyond Harvard. Data and Government Information Services works in cooperation with the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.

Reference assistance is available in person at Research Services in Lamont Library (see Hours). Please contact Data and Government Information Services staff via e-mail to ask a question, schedule an appointment, or to inquire about teaching or workshop needs.