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Data Purchase Program
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The Miami University Libraries will purchase data for students' research.

This is a program to promote access to specialized data.


The data may be numeric, textual, spatial, visual, audio, etc. in electronic form.


Proposals may:

  • Be submitted by students
  • Have a faculty sponsor
  • Include a description of and timeline for the research along with expected graduation dates of the participants. When will you need/use the data?
  • Explain the importance of the data for the research or project.
  • Show why freely available data is not sufficient.
  • Make a case for additional Miami users of the data. We would like to circulate and reuse the data.
  • Have a full description of the data including how it will help the project.
  • Include descriptions of other data being used in the research.
  • Show data purchase rights that allow the data to be circulated through the catalog.
  • Include the data's source, price, vendor, and vendor's contact information.
  • Include a statement from their liaison librarian about other data resources that were examined.
  • Indicate if any matching funds have been secured for the data.
  • Data will be purchased outright, with no leasing, subscription or continuing payments.

Proposals should also include a commitment that:
  • The undergraduates will give a local, public presentation to which the library committee is invited, focusing on how they used and transformed the data.
  • Scholarly output from the data is to be archived in the Miami Scholarly Commons. (The Center for Digtal Scholarship can help with the upload and give author's rights guidance concerning future publishing.)
  • Any report, poster, article or other output includes the phrase - "This research is supported in part by the Miami University Libraries." in addition to giving appropriate source credit.


Both Undergraduate and Graduate students are invited to submit requests.

For more information email dataplans@miamioh.edu

Data Request

All fields are required. You may begin now and complete it later. Changes will be saved. Librarians and others will be able to view your responses. This site will automatically log off.


Librarians should indicate that they helped the student search for data.


Faculty should indicate that this specific data is needed for the student's research.


This program allows undergraduate students to apply for data purchases.


Status: Questions? Email dataplans@miamioh.edu


Title - Give your data request a name. It can be related to your research project name if you wish.


Research Description - Describe your research project and its expected goals. What are you researching? How do you plan to share the results?

Researchers - What are the names and unique IDs of each person directly involved in the research. What are their expected graduation dates?

Faculty - Names and unique IDs of faculty sponsor(s)

Timeline - What is your expected timeline for this research? When will you need the data in this request?

Data Description - What do you want the library to purchase? Include a URL that points directly to the data. Include Name and Contact information for the Vendor, the name of the Dataset, the Price and enough information that we can find the data.

Importance - Explain how this particular data is important for your research and why it is essential. What freely available data have you looked at and why is the other data not sufficient for your research?

Other Users - How do you imagine other researchers using this data?

Other Data - What other data will you be using in your research?

Librarian Statement - From a Miami University Librarian about data resources that were examined.

Faculty Statement - A statement of support from a Miami University faculty advisor.

Matching Funds - have you received additional funds that can help purchase this data? (from your department, faculty, liasion librarians, etc.)

Statement of Commitment :


  1. The applicant researchers will give a local, public presentation to which the library community is invited, focusing on how they used and transformed the data.
  2. Scholarly output from the data is to be archived in the Miami Scholarly Commons.


  3. Any report, poster, article or other output includes the phrase "This research is supported in part by the Miami University Libraries" in addition to giving appropriate source credit.


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Email a librarian

For help finding research data and filling out a data request form, you may schedule a one-on-one meeting with a subject specialist librarian in order to receive personalized, in-depth assistance. A librarian will reply to inquiries to arrange a convenient time, date, and location to meet.

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Email faculty or advisor

Your advisor can help you determine what types of data you need.

Email student

Let the student know you have completed your section of their application.