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The NHANES website is the most important data source and analytical resource for all data users. Since the website contains both historic and current datasets, and covers a wide range of critical topics, it is very important to learn how to navigate this website and use these resources effectively.


Task 1: Navigate the NHANES Homepage

By getting acquainted with the NHANES homepage, you will gain an appreciation for the number and diversity of materials available through the NHANES website.


Task 2: Find Datasets

All publicly available data and related documentation are released and updated on the NHANES website. Information on accessing non-publicly released data is also available on the NHANES website.


Task 3: Find Survey Background Information

Reviewing the NHANES survey background information is an important step as you determine the scope of your analysis and which variables to include.


Task 4: Find the Analytic and Reporting Guidelines

The Analytic and Reporting Guidelines should be used for NHANES data analyses and publications. The suggested guidelines provide users a framework for producing estimates that conform to the analytic design of the survey.


Task 5: Use the What's New Page

The What's New page is an important resource for staying updated with current information about the survey, including newly released data files. It is an important link to refer to on a periodic basis.


Task 6: Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Page

The FAQs will help you with common questions about NHANES.


Task 7: Find Important NHANES Citations

NHANES researchers are often asked to cite the data source for their research proposals and related publications.


Task 8: Identify How to Get Help

There are two additional resources available for getting help: the NCHS email query and the NHANES listserv.


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