Both of the readings we had to do focus on evaluating data to see if they provide the right information needed to support any claim you are trying to make. Kelly McGuire gives suggestion on how to look at the data to see what you can gain from it. The next thing to do with the data is see whether it can provide the information you need. She gives you three questions to ask when looking at the data: what is the data? How is the data collected? How often is data updated and how? The next article by the University of Saskatchewan gives information on finding out why type of source you are using and how to evaluate the information given. There are links talking about primary, secondary and tertiary sources, as well as Scholarly vs Popular sources.
The information I found were the sleeping habits of adults in 2002. A poll was taken across America to find the number of hours of sleep Americans were getting
- Source: National Sleep Foundation
- Who made it: National Sleep Foundation
- How was it collected: Nation wide poll
- How old is it: 14 years, it was taken in 2002
- What is the format: It was poll collected and the data was then put into an excel spreadsheet
- What is the type: Geographical Data
- How would you need to transform the date: I would condense the information provided, so instead of showing the sleep habits for each state I could show the habits in states that have a large population with varying jobs that could effects their sleep schedules.