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This is the Social Science Data Services site which provides/pulls together guidance on finding statistics and data in the social sciences.
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Analyze data

Manage data

  • Data Management
    Learn how to manage and share the research data that you collect.

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Find data repositories across disciplines

Need data for your research?  Use these listing to find a data repository in your discipline.

  • DataBib
    Find data repositories; search or browse (by subject or title).
    Find data repositories; search or browse (by subject, content type, or country)
  • Data repositories
    Simple listing of data repositories by subject category.

Tips for locating data on a topic

1. For finding statistical sources by subject, try:

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Contains detailed source citations, pointing to more detailed data sources from a variety of Federal agencies and private organizations.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
    This database provides not only tables of historical data, but extensive accompanying documentation which points to sources of data on various subjects.

2. Conduct a literature review in your field and investigate the data sources that the researchers cite.  Have trouble figuring out what resources they used because the article lacks a data citation?  Contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian for help.

3. In Barton, the MIT Libraries' catalog:

  • Under Advanced Search, select Search by Physical Format and limit your search to either CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs or Electronic Resources.
  • Use keyword and subject terms such as: statistics and data, combined with your topic of interest.

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