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International Datasets: Searching

Searching 1




From the home page, there are several different ways to search for data.

Options along the top allow you to

  • compare countries (list the countries for which you want data),
  • find sub-national data (list the country and the database will indicate the available data),
  • see the data providers (click here for more on this option),
  • or upload data.

Using the search box, enter country names or search term to search for data. 

Use the Browse By Subject to drill down to the topic of interest.

Searching 2

search results


In this example, we first clicked on Compare Countries (the interface provided the right codes for that search) then typed the country names and clicked on the search button.


Next we used the Narrow results by to find Crime and Criminals.


Notice that each of the results includes the time series for the data, the data provider, then indicates the search match (in this base, by country, and the country names).

Detailed Information


Finally we clicked on the third dataset for Military Expenditures and we were brought into a new interface where we can work this this particular data file.


Notice there are more countries we can include on the list.  Also note at the top in the left column we have more options - so we have options for displaying the data, and exporting it. 

Finally, note the Show detailed information directly underneath the bar chart, for more information on the data file. 

Select and Display

Once you have selected the data file, you are brought to a menu where you can adjust the elements shown, change the display type, and export the data.



Using the Select menu, you can search for data elements (in this case, individial countries to add). Using the small icon of three lines under that, you can select all, or de-select all. 

Some datasets have additional elements to select from, so the scroll bar on the right may take you to commodities or other options.


display optionsUsing the Display menu (right image), at the top, the user can see the pulldown for the various options for displaying the data.

[Hint - often the table is a good way to display the data if your result set has many years and countries to display.]

Display Menu



The Display menu also allows users to select specific time periods, and has other options (some options are specific to the display type).

Exporting the data

Export Options




Finally, there are the export options, from sharing via URL (note:  for another user to see your data file, they must be at an institution that subscribes to International Datasets), to export options, R console code, and data citations. 


Note:  The R console code will expire after 6 months of generation.