Are you in a research funk?
Are you at a place where you’re sick of the research you have been doing? Maybe you’re not sick of your topic, you’ve just exhausted your data sources. Lynda (which DePaul subscribes to) has a tutorial/video series that can help you find new data sources. “Up and Running with Public Data Sets” by Curt Frye is a 2 hour long tutorial of videos that introduce you to some widely used datasets, including the Census and American Fact Finder, the Internal Revenue Service, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Labor Statistics.
Moreover, there a couple of sections on data tools, such as search engines (Quandl and INFORUM) and visualizing data. As a 2 hour long introduction, “Up and Running” seems like it could be useful to many researchers without requiring a substantial buy-in in terms of resources or time.