Library Database Trial: Social Explorer, an Online Demographic Research and Data Visualization Tool

Demographical database currently on trial through the University Libraries until December 31, 2020.

Screenshot of a Social Explorer data map that captures the U.S. senatorial elections by party in 2019. The Democrats are marked by the blue dots, and Republicans are the red dots.

Social Explorer provides election data such as U.S. Gubernatorial Elections, Senatorial Elections, and Congressional Elections by-election competitiveness: vote percentage difference between top candidates.

Library Database Trial: Social Explorer, an Online Demographic Research and Data Visualization Tool

Demographical database currently on trial through the University Libraries until December 31, 2020.

Social Explorer provides election data such as U.S. Gubernatorial Elections, Senatorial Elections, and Congressional Elections by-election competitiveness: vote percentage difference between top candidates.

Screenshot of a Social Explorer data map that captures the U.S. senatorial elections by party in 2019. The Democrats are marked by the blue dots, and Republicans are the red dots.

Social Explorer provides election data such as U.S. Gubernatorial Elections, Senatorial Elections, and Congressional Elections by-election competitiveness: vote percentage difference between top candidates.

Do you want to create maps for your research or other eye-catching data visualizations but don’t have the GIS knowledge or skills?  The University Libraries has acquired a one-year full access trial for  Social Explorer, a web-based online demographic research tool that helps researchers and students visualize, explore, and compare complex demographic information. Social Explorer provides access to over 220 years of comprehensive demographic information, including the entire US Census from 1790 to the most current year available. In addition to demographic data from the census, Social Explore provides economy, health, education, religion, crime, and more from trusted public and proprietary sources.  

This tool allows users to visualize and explore change over time, understand patterns behind the raw numbers, and create user-friendly interactive and navigable thematic type maps for research, papers, and presentations.  

Social Explorer provides three different thematic visualization types:

  • Shaded Area (Choropleth maps)
  • Bubbles (proportional symbols)
  • Dot Density

There are also three different map layouts you can choose from that include: 

Social Explorer provides U.S health data such as factors like obesity, smoking, and diabetes. This example shows a shaded area map on a single map layout looking at percent diabetics (adults) in Nevada by county. The area highlighted is Elko County, Nevada which shows 8.4% reported diabetic in 2016.
Social Explorer provides U.S health data such as factors like obesity, smoking, and diabetes. This example shows a shaded area map on a single map layout looking at percent diabetics (adults) in Nevada by county. The area highlighted is Elko County, Nevada which shows 8.4% reported diabetic in 2016.
  • Single: shows a simple map window with one variable.  
  • Side by side: shows two completely independent maps windows side by side.  There is no collection between these maps. You can change the variables, the zoom, the targeted area, and the visualization type of map you desire.  
  • Swipe: The swipe option allows you to look at two different variables in the same geographic contexts.  

With Social Explorer, you can:  

  • Create and customize thematic and interactive maps 
  • Navigate current and historical demographic data and surveys
  • Create data reports based on historical and modern US census data at all geographic levels 
  • Download custom datasets and more

Social Explorer is on trial at the University Libraries’ until December 31, 2020. Check out this new resource and  let us know what you think!

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