Finding and reusing data
Find information and resources to help find, use and cite data.
Where to find data
Published datasets can be a valuable resource to use and cite in your research. Datasets across many disciplines can be found in data centres and repositories, which are generally established by research funders and researcher communities.
Details of these can be found through indexing services and data portals including:
Re3Data: Database of data repositories
Fairsharing.org: Catalogue of databases and related resources
DataCite: Database of datasets and repositories
European Union Open Data Portal: Catalogue of open datasets
Data Citation Index (DCI): Database of datasets (TUoS access through the Library Web of Science page)
EMBL-EBI: Database of repositories and other resources
Google Dataset Search: (This is not comprehensive.)
You can find out more on our research data repositories web page.
When using published data, you should always check and comply with the copyright and licensing terms specified by the data depositor.
When you use or refer to published data in your research, you should cite it correctly, as should other researchers when using your data. This enables data discovery, reuse and verification, as well as impact assessment.
A citation may typically take the following format:
Creator (Publication year). Title. Version. Publisher. Resource type. Identifier.
You can find more information about citing data at:
University of Sheffield Library’s referencing guide.
For further information, contact email@example.com.