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Tutorials - Finding a Dataset


  • Most topic pages of the website have data that you can explore using our query system.
    • Note: What is a query? A query is a user-friendly data analysis you can carry out on our website. Our query system allows to you to apply custom settings for targeted populations of interest.


    Scroll to the bottom on the homepage.

    There is a screenshot of the MA EPHT home page with a red arrow pointing downward.


    Select a topic page under “Maps & Tables” or use the tabs at the top.

    There is a screenshot of the MA EPHT home page Maps & Tables section, which follows the section on the Community Profile. There is an angled, red bracket surrounding the topic page links, which are listed in 3 columns labeled health, environment, and inspections. The cursor is clicking on the Cancer topic page link as an example.


    If MA EPHT has relevant data for the topic page, you can click on a green “Explore Maps & Tables” icon to access a query tool for that topic’s dataset.

    There is a screenshot of the top of the Cancer topic page, including paragraphs of information and a pie chart. There is a red arrow pointing to the green Explore Maps & Tables icon, which is located at the top right. There is a cursor clicking on the box.


    On a cellular device the icon will be at top center of the page. The icon will relocate when you scroll down.

    There are two screenshots. The first one shows the green “Explore Maps & Tables” icon in the top center of the topic page with a red arrow pointing downward. The second screenshot shows the page scrolled down with the green “Explore Maps & Tables” icon still on the top of the page. There is a pointed hand cursor clicking on it.


    The query page will have a series of prompt boxes specific to each dataset. Below is an example for cancer. Further instructions are included in the Running a Query tutorial.

    There is a screenshot of the query page you will be directed to after step 3.
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