Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2019     Views: 45

The word “data” is plural.  In scientific research, the term “data” refers to a collection of many individual pieces of information, and so is plural.  Read more here

Be sure that you use the plural forms of any pronouns or verbs you use with “data.”   For example:

  • “These data were analyzed…” is correct. 
  • “This data was analyzed…” is not correct.


Learn more about data (and find open datasets) on the library's Statistics@APUS site. 

For more writing help, visit Writing@APUS.

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