Finding data for your research can be time consuming and may involve searching major sources of published research data such as:
Commercial data repositories and registries
International data archives
When research data is used you will need to acknowledge the original author or source; this also enables other researchers to find the resource.
Some important things to note when using data that is not open commons (free to share or use):
It is important that you attribute or give credit to any datasets that you use, modify or adapt.
The Australian National Data Service's (ANDS) guide provides information on how to cite data.