These sources are particularly useful for teaching due to their presentation, ease of access, relatively "clean" condition of the data, and topical and subject diversity represented. Many of these sources provide fulsome documentation, detailed code books, and contextualizing materials, and some even provide pre-made lessons that go along with the datasets. These collections have been licensed by the NYU Libraries and have datasets that go beyond what is freely available on the web in general, with resources that have been selected, manipulated, and/or harmonized to increase their utility.
Nearly all of these sources offer download of data in at least .csv or .xls format, and often in a statistical package-ready (SPSS, STATA, etc.) format.
There are many other governmental sources of data, so please see our full guide to Data Finding for more suggestions.
SELECTED FEDERAL DATA AND STATISTICS
SELECTED NEW YORK CITY DATA AND STATISTICS
SELECTED INTERNATIONAL DATA AND STATISTICS
There are a number of other datasets of interest listed here that particularly lend themselves to teaching advanced quantitative analysis and data manipulation techniques.
Subject-specific sources of data. Click through to begin exploring.
There are a handful of resources that specialize in presenting datasets along with added instructional materials. These products contain contextual documentation and often lesson plans and curriculum building tools.