Using Census Data

This Is a Card Puncher, an Integral Part of the Tabulation System Used by the United States Census Bureau to Compile the Thousands of Facts Gathered by the Bureau. Holes Are Punched in the Card According to a Prearranged Code Transferring the Facts From the Census Questionaire Into Statistics.

Working with census data can be tricky. There’s so much of it, and there are so many new tools to use. (Fortunately, we no longer use the card punchers seen in the photo above, circa 1950.)

Infopeople, a non-profit organization that trains reference librarians, has a series of archived webinars on how to use census data.

Part one (Census Data: Your Table Is Waiting) deals with finding and accessing census data from the 2010 Census.

Part two (The Census: American Community Survey) offers insight into working with the more frequent census survey and using the new online access tool American FactFinder.

Part three (I Didn’t Know the Census Bureau Did That!) digs deeper, focusing on accessing and using data from lesser-known Census Bureau surveys.

The webinars are led by Linda Clark, from the US Census Bureau. Site registration is required to view the archived webinars


Author: Jessica Speer

As the Research Specialist at SSRC, Jessica edits re/search, consults with faculty, and conducts SSRC research projects. She is interested in questions of information management, preservation, communication, and dissemination.

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