Empirical Legal Studies uses data sets and statistics. Data sets are the raw information from which statistics are created. Data sets can be imported into statistical software for analysis, which is the interpretation and summarization of data into statistics. This section of the guide provides links to sources of both data sets and statistics.
The dissemination of data sets created academic research allows replication and verification of research results, thus promoting research integrity and accuracy. Dissemination of data also permits novel reuse by other researchers, which increases research cost-effectiveness. Below are links to a few research data repositories. Fuller lists of data repositories are provided by the Open Access Directory at Simmons University and by the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org).