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Social Science Data Services: ICPSR

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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Learn quantitative methods

Need to expand your skills in statistical methods and quantitative analysis? Attend the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research!

Each year, ICPSR provides a comprehensive, integrated program of basic and advanced training in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology.

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Resources from ICPSR

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest archive of social science data (micro-level data files).  Find and use an array of social, behavioral, environmental, data, and more.

Find data in ICPSR

Access ICPSR data via either:

  1. The ICPSR web site (requires creation of a personalized account) or
  2. the Harvard Dataverse Network.

Find data in ICPSR using the following tools:

Analyze ICPSR data online

ICPSR's Survey Documentation Analysis (SDA) system enables you to explore, subset, and analyze data online, without having to download it or use a statistical software package.  Available for a subset of ICPSR studies, use SDA to:

  • calculate the statistics you need
  • better understand the data
  • create a customized subset before doing full analysis in the software package of your choice. 

View all ICPSR studies for which online analysis is available.  For studies where it's available, click on the Online Analysis on the search results or the study home page.

To learn more about the system, see ICPSR's YouTube videos on SDA.

Introduction to ICSPR data services

Social Science Data Services and Economics Librarian

Katherine McNeill

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Access ICPSR restricted data

What if an ICPSR study says it contains restricted data?  In this case, some of the data has the potential to identify individuals and thus is disseminated in a restricted manner.  For information on applying for access, see: