Dalhousie Libraries provide help in finding and retrieving data and statistics for all kinds of assignments and research projects. Our GIS Centre can help you locate geospatial data, manipulate data in GIS software, and display your results on a map.

We can also help with creating research data management plans and the safe storage and sharing of your research data. Contact:

Public Microdata through the Data Liberation Initiative

We have privileged access to Canadian microdata through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), an agreement between universities, colleges and Statistics Canada.

Health Data

Visit our Health Statistics research guide for help in locating health data and statistics.

Social Sciences Data

Visit our Data and Statistics research guide for help in locating social data and statistics.

Other Data

Check for a data page on your subject area research guide. You can also contact the data librarian for help.

Data Contact:
Julie Marcoux, Data Librarian

GIS Data

Geospatial data can help you perform spatial analysis, visualize patterns and create maps. 

Geospatial data links in the Data and Statistics research guide
GIS Centre internal data sets
GIS Centre external data sets

GIS Contact:

Atlantic Research Data Centre

The Atlantic Research Data Centre (ARDC) is part of a national network of Research Data Centres. Each centre provides access to microdata and administrative datasets for academic and planning purposes that require more specificity than the datasets available through the DLI. Applications must be approved before access is granted.


Use of these datasets require specialized software. Software available for download by current Dalhousie students, staff & faculty include ArcGIS, SPSS, and more. You will need your Net ID and password to download the software.