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Financial Info.

City and State Information

  • American Factfinder
    Search by city, county, or zip code for information on population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census.
  • Interactive: State of Metropolitan America Indicator Map
    The Brookings Institute has created an interactive map of the US that looks at population, age , ethnicity, educational, etc. You can look at metro areas, cities, states, and suburbs.

Discipline Specific Sources

Selecting a Graduate Program

Ranking of Graduate Programs

  • US News and World Report, Best Graduate Schools
    "These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students." For more info: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2011/03/14/how-us-news-calculated-the-2012-graduate-school-rankings
  • Commentary on Rankings
    Article titled, "More Questions on Rankings," discusses peer ranking system used by US News for undergrad and graduate programs.
  • Commentary on Rankings
    Anger over new rankings" discusses concerns on how teacher education programs are evaluated and ranked by US News
  • Customized Graduate School Ranking
    Search and rank 23,508 programs at 2,356 universities based on your priorities. Data come from the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the National Center for Education Statistics. For info on the data used and currency: http://graduate-school.phds.org/about/faq
  • Top American Research Universities
    2010 Report by The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University.
 

Other ideas for information

Institutional repositories

  • Can give you a sense of department/faculty work
  • Can give you a sense of student work

Look for Faculty scholarly and/or creative work in Summon, Databases, and catalog

People -- often just talking to alums, current students, faculty, and folks across campus can give you information from a variety of view points

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Finding books

Find the books by going to the catalog and searching.  Seems simple, right?  If at first you don't succeed, try different key words.  For instance, for grad school, try "graduate study", "graduate programs", "graduate school", phd pograms.  You can even combine these words with your area of study.  

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