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Research Productivity Workshop Series

Finding and Using Census Data


Census 2020 has been in the news a lot lately. Find out why the Census matters, what the data is used for, a little bit of the history of the Census, how the process of completing the Census has been working during the pandemic, get a brief flyover of some of the politics involved, and find out what resources the library has that can help you with any research related to the Census or to demographics more generally.


At the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Articulate why Census data is collected, what it is used for, and why it matters to the communities that you live and work in
  • Understand the difference between the two major surveys of Census data, the decennial Census and the American Community Survey (ACS)
  • Understand and identify some of the challenges have been faced by the Census Bureau in 2020 and beyond in collecting data
  • Identify, locate, and use at least three online resources to find demographic data relevant to any United States geography that you want to research

Tuesday, March 16  2:15-3:00 via Zoom

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