Let’s say you want to find datasets on a particular topic.
Visit datasetsearch.research.google.com and enter the topic into the search bar.
Take a quick look at the number of results. Click each entry to view details about the dataset.
Read the description to see if the dataset will be appropriate for your use case.
If your query is too broad, you can use search engine operators like site: and - to further tailor your search.
global temperatures site:noaa.gov
This will restrict your results just the noaa.gov domain.
global temperatures -noaa
This will remove all results with the term “noaa”
You can also modify your search with additional terms to help narrow down results.
global ocean temperatures
You can also apply any of the following filters to your results.
Last Updated - Chose from datasets updated in the past month, year, or three years
Download Format - Chose among table, text, image, or other download formats
Alternatively, you can also add specific file formats to your search (e.g., global temperatures csv)
Usage Rights - Filter based on whether datasets allow commercial or noncommercial use
Topic - Filter by high-level disciplines such as social sciences or life sciences
Free - Toggle to enable datasets that are free to use
You can select multiple values for each filter and also apply multiple filters. These filters are based on values from the data providers.
After reading the description and deciding the dataset is useful, click on the blue button to navigate to the external site.
There may be multiple blue buttons if the dataset is hosted in multiple places. Use your best judgement on the reliability of the link.
Once you are on the external site, look for options to explore or download the dataset.