Sources of Data
- ICPSR: The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research maintains and provides access to thousands of social science datasets for research and instruction. This is a first place to start in looking for social science data for secondary analysis.
- Roper: The Roper Center maintains several thousand polls taken in some 70 foreign countries. Data can be downloaded by topic, by question, or by dataset.
- United States Decennial Censuses:
- The Government Information Department has a rich collection of official copies in print of the Census of the Population and Housing of United States conducted between 1790 and 1970.
- We also have a series of GeoLytics Census Data Products for 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000 Census;and CD/DVDs for 1990 and 2000 Census distributed by U.S. Census Bureau.
- For other historic census data, you may also check the University of Virginia Library Historical Census site.
- Social Science Data Resources: For statistics and data resources by subject.
- Resources for Data Analysis: Recommended resources (online tutorials and books) for social science data analysis, complied by software packages and level of proficiency.