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US Census: Online and Print sources for the United States Census: Geolytics

Compiled by Lynn Thitchener, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Olin Library Reference


Geolytics Census CDs
Census data, in electronic format, back to 1960.
To see a list of the Geolytics Census CDs we own, enter the phrase CensusCD as a title search in the library catalog .

The CDs are housed on the bookshelves adjacent to the Electronic Text Center, just behind the Reference Desk in Olin Library, filed by call number. Guides and manuals are on the other side of this shelf, also filed by call number.

There are also descriptions and online tutorials from the Geolytics website. To view the online tutorials, go to the Geolytics website, choose a census year, and then select the Guided Tour tab.

If you prefer to use print instructions, there are also pamphlet-sized guides on the ETC Reference shelf, with step-by-step instructions, including screen shots, for each Geolytics Census product.

Running the Geolytics software

Place the CD in the CD drive. Click on ETC databases and find the CD on the list. Double-click the icon to launch the CD.

The interface varies slightly among the different CDs. In general, the process is as follows: (See the Guide mentioned above more information).

  • File/New Request: Give your file a name.
  • Area: Choose the geographic level.
  • Subarea: Choose a subarea, or choose the same area level again to confirm choice.
  • Counts: Select STF1A, STF3A, or both.
  • Run:  Choose a format (dbase or ASCII is generally what you want).

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