Data Discovery

RDS assists faculty, staff, and students with finding, citing, and managing data for their research needs. A snapshot of our services is included below.

Publishing and Curation Services, working with liaison librarians in Reference, Collections, and Research, offer consultation services in data management planning to members of the Penn State community who are in the process of applying for grant funding from agencies that require a data management plan (DMP). The Data Management Toolkit is designed to help researchers to manage their data before, during, and after research is performed. The toolkit covers both the basic principles and the steps required to prepare a data management plan.


Instruction services

  • Guest lectures and customized lessons
  • Instruction resources
  • Training seminars and workshops

Consulting services

  • Locating raw data sets
  • Finding summary statistics
  • Citing data sources
  • Handling restricted data
  • Data reference