The purpose of this chapter is to provide an introduction to data services within the academic library by describing the history and development of data services in the United States and other countries. The chapter also introduces the primary concepts necessary for understanding numeric data, datasets, and secondary data analysis, including the difference between aggregate statistical products and microdata, the purpose of coding data, and the use of data documentation.
history of data services
secondary data analysis
description of aggregate statistics
description of microdata
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