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The Data Resources Guide

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Need data on a certain subject and don’t know where to begin? The State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library can help you.  Look no further than our Data Resources Guide, where you can find information about North Carolina and more.  You can find links to helpful databases, such as LINC (Log Into NC) and Census Explorer, and access tutorials on the powerful data tools like the American FactFinder and Data Ferrett.  Also, there is a link where you can join the NCData Listserv to receive announcements about important data releases from the NC State Data Center and the US Census Bureau, as well as information about upcoming webinars.

The most heavily used part of the Data Resources Guide is the “Statistics by Subject” tab which allows you to pick from an array of subjects from agriculture to ZIP Codes.  It can help guide you to Federal and State Agencies that collect and provide data to the public.  For example, “migration” shows links to data collected by the Census Bureau, the Department of Homeland Security, and even the IRS.

The Government and Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina maintains this recently updated LibGuide. As one of the coordinating agencies for the NC State Data Center, our Library is responsible for making data and data sources available, as well as being a prime source for helping to answer demographic questions about our state.  This LibGuide (which is the trade name for a curated set of webpages hosted by the SpringShare company) has changed frequently since it was first conceived in the 1990s, but the primary goal has always been to provide up-to-date and authoritative information for data users.

To get to “Statistics by Subject” either go to or go to the Government and Heritage Library’s webpage at and then click on the tab at the top labeled “Resources.”  The second link is “Data Resources Guide.”

If you have suggestions, find additional tools, or want to report broken links, please contact  We hope that both data novices and experts will find this helpful!

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