There are a number of ways that the University Libraries can assist researchers in finding data. If you are looking for data for your project, whether that be within Libraries’ subscription databases or elsewhere, you can email us anytime at Other resources for locating research data include:

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians are also a wealth of information for assisting researchers. Feel free to contact your subject librarian for assistance with research questions, including help locating appropriate data sets, and other general questions related to library services and resources. You can find contact information for your subject librarian here:

Research Databases

The Libraries provides access to many databases containing data that can be downloaded for use in research projects. From Census data, to polling data, to data about business trends, many different types of data are available through our online research databases. Several subject librarians have also compiled lists of resources containing raw or processed data for their particular disciplines, and you can find more information about those resources by browsing the Subject Guides and Resource Type Guides.

There are several databases that are available for use in the Research Commons Computer Lab (Room 360, 18th Avenue Library). These databases include GeoLytics and the Infogroup Historical Business and Historical Consumer Databases. For more information how you can access and use these databases through the Research Commons, please email us at

Using Proprietary Library Data for Your Research

The Libraries can inquire about the use of proprietary data from a publisher/vendor because of an existing service or negotiate a license with terms specific to the intended research. Libraries often have contact people within these companies who can expedite the process, and this also allows us to ensure that Ohio State is following the terms of the license for these products.

If you are interested in accessing data from library resources for your research, please fill out this Project Interest Form so that our team can determine how to best assist you. Some examples of sources that provide library data for research include the HathiTrust Research Center, JSTOR Data for Research, and Elsevier Data for Researchers.