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General Sources - U.S.

Data.gov

Searchable catalog of data available from the U.S. federal government.

Social Explorer Restricted Resource

Provides access to current and historical census data and demographic information, allowing users to create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. Limited to U.S. data; available datasets include the Census (1790-present), American Community Survey (2005-2011), Religious Congregations & Membership Study (1980-2010), and Carbon Emissions Data (2002).

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Over 1000 tables of statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Tables are available in PDF and Excel formats only.

General Sources - World

Gapminder

The major benefit of the Gapminder site is Gapminder's ability to quickly and easily visualize data, particularly correlations and changes over time.

World Bank Data

Provides statistics and data for hundreds of economic and social indicators, going back 40 years in some cases, for every country in the world. Includes a catalog of available World Bank datasets of use to policymakers, advocacy groups, journalists, and academics.

UNdata

Searchable database of statistics gathered by the UN Statistics and Population divisions as well as other agencies, such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, and more. Topics include agriculture, crime, education, energy, industry, labor, national accounts, population, and tourism.

Data Hub

Cross-search publicly available data sets. Includes data sets from around the world, with the strongest coverage in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. A project of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Statistics - National Agencies and Compendia

A list of links to the Web sites of the national statistics-gathering agencies for all of the countries in the world, maintained by the Vanderbilt University Libraries.

Asian Development Bank

Economic, financial and social indicators for countries in Asia.

Eurostat

The statistical office of the European Union. Economic, demographic, social, and other statistics. The current Eurostat Yearbook is also available in print in the Burling reference collection.

Inter-American Development Bank

Economic, social, and political data for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Statistical Abstract of Latin America
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 935 .S79

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Statistics and data on a wide range of topics, including the economy, demographics, health, crime, education, science and technology, and transportation, for countries in Europe, North America, and Central Asia.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Social, economic, environmental, demographic, and technology-related statistics.

United Nations Statistical Databases

Several databases of demographic information, plus databases on disability, oil, the Millennium Indicators, and more.

Demographic/Population - U.S.

American Factfinder

Statistics and aggregate data from the U.S. Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Annual Population Estimates, Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys.

Kids Count Data Center

Data on children's health and well-being from the Annie E. Casey foundation.

Migration Policy Institute Data Hub

Includes both U.S. and international statistics.

Population Reference Bureau

Statistics on 95 demographic variables, including education, health, and employment. Statistics are available at the state level for the United States, at the country level for more than 220 countries; statistics are also available for the world as a whole and for 28 world regions and sub-regions. Statistics can be displayed as rankings, bar graphs, or maps.

Demographic/Population - World

ChildInfo.org

Statistics on the health, education, and nutrition of children, gathered by UNICEF.

Global Distribution of Poverty

National and sub-national indicators of poverty for a selection of developing countries. Good source for poverty data for small areas (city, province, etc.).

International Data Base

International demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Migration Policy Institute Data Hub

Includes both U.S. and international statistics.

OECD.Stat Restricted Resource

Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Economic, social, demographic, and other data is included. This online database supports browsing, querying, pivoting, and dynamic charting as well as downloading data.

Population Reference Bureau

Statistics on 95 demographic variables, including education, health, and employment. Statistics are available at the state level for the United States, at the country level for more than 220 countries; statistics are also available for the world as a whole and for 28 world regions and sub-regions. Statistics can be displayed as rankings, bar graphs, or maps.

SourceOECD Restricted Resource

Statistical databases and PDF versions of published statistical sources from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Topics include finance, trade, transportation, agriculture, health, education, science, and more. OECD Data can also be accessed through the OECD.Stat database above.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Statistics on the environment, economy, social indicators, etc.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Statistics and data on a wide range of topics, including the economy, demographics, health, crime, education, science and technology, and transportation, for countries in Europe, North America, and Central Asia.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Social, economic, environmental, demographic, and technology-related statistics.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC)

Statistics on refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons.

Economic Data - U.S.

American Factfinder

Statistics and aggregate data from the U.S. Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Annual Population Estimates, Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Provides data on national accounts, international accounts, regional accounts, and industry accounts. Excellent source for local (state, county, MSA) economic data.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Statistics and aggregate data on inflation, employment, unemployment, pay and benefits, consumer spending, time use, productivity, and workplace injuries. Individual-level and household-level microdata from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is available through ICPSR.

Economic Report of the President

An annual report to Congress written by the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. Reports are available here from 1995-present and in FRASER from 1960-1980.

EITC Interactive

Data on the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as general income and tax information, from the Brookings Institution. Contains much of the same data as the Tax Statistics site from the IRS, but with a more user-friendly interface that allows online searching and manipulation of the data.

FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research)

This is the best place to find historical data that is too old to be included in FRED.

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)

Nearly 20,000 time-series data sets on 14 subjects, all related to the U.S. economy.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Data sets created or used by NBER researchers.

Tax Statistics

Data on corporate and personal taxes and income from the IRS.

Treasury Department Reports

Current and historical information on public debt, federal investments and trust funds, state and local government series securities, interest rates, and federal borrowing.

U.S. Census Bureau Economic Programs

Data on the number, size, sales, inventories, etc. of businesses in the United States. Data is available broken down at a number of geographic levels and for many specific industrial classifications.

White House Economic Briefing Room

A directory of links to current economic data from various agencies of the federal government

Economic Data - World

World Bank Data

Provides statistics and data for hundreds of economic and social indicators, going back 40 years in some cases, for every country in the world. Includes a catalog of available World Bank datasets of use to policymakers, advocacy groups, journalists, and academics.

African Development Indicators
Print Location: Burling Reference HC 800.A1 A356 Restricted Resource

1996-present. Current volume in reference; earlier volumes on second floor.

AidData

Data on foreign aid.

Asian Development Bank

Economic, financial and social indicators for countries in Asia.

Balance of Payments Statistics
Print Location: Burling Reference HG3882 .B34 Restricted Resource

1981-present. Current volume is in Reference; older volumes are on the second floor. Produced by the IMF.

Bank for International Settlements

Data on international banking, securities, derivatives, foreign exchange, debt, payment and settlement systems, and property prices.

Global Development Finance

External debt information for developing countries from the World Bank. Focuses on financial flows, trends in external debt, and other major financial indicators for developing countries. Includes over 200 time series indicators from 1970 to 2009, for most reporting countries.

Government Finance Statistics Restricted Resource

1972-present. Provides economic data from the International Monetary Fund's eLibrary database. Also available in print. Most recent year is in Burling Reference; issues back to 1977 are on the second floor.

Inter-American Development Bank

Economic, social, and political data for Latin America and the Caribbean.

International Financial Statistics Restricted Resource

Provides country-level data on foreign exchange, imports/exports, reserves, consumer prices, industrial production, commodity prices, banks, and more from the International Monetary Fund's eLibrary database. Some data is available as far back as 1940. Note: This site is designed for downloading data for analysis rather than for providing quick access to individual statistics.

International Labor Organization

A United Nations organization that tracks various labor-related statistics. Individual databases produced by the ILO include LABORSTA (most data 1969-present, some 1945-present) and Key Indicators of the Labor Market (1980-present).

National Accounts Statistics

1970-present. Produced by the Economic Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division.

OECD.Stat Restricted Resource

Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Economic, social, demographic, and other data is included. This online database supports browsing, querying, pivoting, and dynamic charting as well as downloading data.

Penn World Tables

Standardized, internationally comparable data on GDP, purchasing power parity and more for 188 countries, 1950-2004.

SourceOECD Restricted Resource

Statistical databases and PDF versions of published statistical sources from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Topics include finance, trade, transportation, agriculture, health, education, science, and more. OECD Data can also be accessed through the OECD.Stat database above.

Statistical Yearbook
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 12.5 U.63

Published by the United Nations. Primarily economic data and statistics.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Statistics on the environment, economy, social indicators, etc.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Statistics and data on a wide range of topics, including the economy, demographics, health, crime, education, science and technology, and transportation, for countries in Europe, North America, and Central Asia.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Social, economic, environmental, demographic, and technology-related statistics.

Economic Data - Corporate and Financial

Mergent Online Restricted Resource

Current and historical information about U.S. and foreign companies. Includes financial information, stock prices, annual reports, and more.

Bloomberg Data Service
Print Location: Burling Computing Commons

Copious, often real-time data about corporations, securities, and more. This data can only be accessed from the Bloomberg terminal on the first floor of Burling. Ask at the Circulation Desk for a username and password, or follow the on-screen instructions to create your own account.

Corporate Finance and Valuation Data Page

A number of data sets collected and made available by Aswath Damodaran, a professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

FDIC Bank Data and Statistics

Includes both industry-level statistics and data on individual banks and bank branches.

Federal Reserve Board Data Download Program

Download detailed data on topics including consumer credit, industrial production, and interest rates.

IDEA (formerly EDGAR)

A database of companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

National Information Center

Information about financial institutions (banks, bank holding companies, etc.) collected by the Federal Reserve System.

Small Business Economic Trends

Survey data on small businesses in the United States.

Yahoo! Finance

Search by ticker symbol to get current and historical information about a given company, including stock price and key statistics. Also includes data on various U.S. and overseas indexes.

Economic Data - Trade and Tariffs

Comext

External trade data for the European Union. This site is designed for downloading data for analysis rather than for quick access to individual statistics.

Exporter Dynamics Database

Developed by the World Bank. Country-level data about exporting firms. Click "DATABANK" in the right sidebar to access the data.

IMF Primary Commodity Prices

1980-present. Updated monthly.

Industry Trade Data and Analysis

From the Office of Trade and Industry Information, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

International Trade Administration

International trade policy and statistics

International Trade Statistics Yearbook
Print Location: Burling Reference HF91 .U473 Restricted Resource

1983-present. Produced by the United Nations. Detailed statistics on international trade in various commodities. Current volume in Burling reference; earlier volumes on the second floor.

National Basic Food Prices

From the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Tariff and Trade DataWeb

International trade data and U.S. tariff data from the United States International Trade Commission. Data goes back to 1989. Requires a free registration.

Trade Stats Express

Created by the Office of Trade and Industry Information (OTII), Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Includes information about trade between the U.S. and foreign countries and between individual states of the U.S. and foreign countries.

UN Comtrade

International merchandise trade statistics, 1962-present.

UnctadStat

Statistics on trade, foreign direct investment, and more from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Replaces an assortment of previously separate UNCTAD databases and statistical handbooks.

WITS (World Integrated Trade Solution)

Provides access to databases covering imports, exports, and protection data (tariff and non-tariff measures), as well as tools to assess the impact of trade policy scenarios in terms of various economic indicators. Developed by the World Bank in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Center, the United Nations Statistics Division, and the World Trade Organization (WTO), among others.

USA Trade Online Restricted Resource

1992-present. Provides extremely detailed import and export data for over 25,000 commodities. Please see a librarian to get access to this database.

World Investment Directory

Foreign direct investment information for 188 countries. Information available as PDFs only.

World Trade Organization

Data on international trade and tariffs.

Economic Data - U.S. Real Estate

Federal Housing Finance Board

Detailed historical data on conventional mortgages used to purchase single-family homes.

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Relative changes in U.S. residential real estate prices, 1987-present.

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

Data about mortgage loans by metropolitan area.

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Data on housing, rents, etc. for the United States.

Real Estate Sales Statistics

From the National Association of Realtors.

Energy

Annual Energy Outlook

PDF version of the Annual Energy Outlook published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Contains projections of energy demand, supply, and prices in the U.S. through 2030. Some data is also available for download in Excel format.

Annual Energy Review

PDF version of the Annual Energy Review published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Contains historical time-series data, much of which goes back to 1949, on the production, consumption, and trade of energy in the United States. Data tables can also be downloaded in Excel format.

BP Statistical Review of World Energy

Global energy data, 1965-present. From the company formerly known as British Petroleum.

International Energy Agency

Country-level statistics, data and graphs on the consumption, production, trade, and cost of various sources of energy.

International Energy Annual

Statistics and data on international energy production and consumption from the U.S. Department of Energy. Also includes data on petroleum prices and carbon emissions. Most time series data extend back to 1980.

International Petroleum Monthly

Month-by-month data for oil production, demand, balance, stocks, and imports for countries around the world. Produced by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Monthly Energy Review

PDF version of the Monthly Energy Review published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Contains data on the production, consumption, trade, and prices of various sources of energy. Time-series data extends back to the 1970s. Data tables can also be downloaded in Excel format.

Environment and Climate

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center

Observational and model-generated data related to climate change. Managed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Gap Analysis Program

Land cover, predicted distribution for common vertibrate species, and land ownership/stewardship information for the entire United States.

Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research

1970-2000. From the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

Iowa Environmental Mesonet (IEM)

1893-present. Historical weather data for several dozen Iowa locations.

National Climactic Data Center

Data on climate and weather events from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Data Finder

Dozens of databases with information on air quality, water quality, pollution, Superfund sites, and more.

USGS Water Resources Data of the United States

Water quality information and surface and ground water levels from the U.S. Geological Survey.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Statistics and data on land use, water use, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, nutrition, and food aid. Also includes a spatial database of agricultural land-use data with online mapping capabilities.

Agriculture and Food

National Basic Food Prices

From the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Data on farms, agricultural workers, crops, livestock, and more. Data can be found under both "Data and Statistics" and "Census." ("Census" points to the Census of Agriculture, which surveys all farms in the United States once every five years.)

World Food Programme Food Aid Information System

Data on international food aid, 1988-present.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Statistics and data on land use, water use, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, nutrition, and food aid. Also includes a spatial database of agricultural land-use data with online mapping capabilities.

Politics, Polling, and International Relations

America Votes
Print Location: Burling Ref JK1967 .A8 Restricted Resource

Voting statistics for national and statewide elections, 1956 to the present. Some of this information is also contained in the online CQ Voting and Elections Collection.

Supreme Court Database

Several datasets on cases heard before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1946-present (with a lag of 1-2 years). Datasets are available in Excel, Stata, SPSS, and SAS formats.

Uppsala Conflict Data Program

Several datasets on armed conflict, 1946-present. Some datasets are georeferenced.

Websites for the Secretaries of State for All Fifty States

Links to the Secretary of State websites for all states in the U.S., plus Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Typically, election data for each state can be found on the website for its Secretary of State office. From the National Association of Secretaries of State.

CQ Voting and Elections Collection Restricted Resource

A collection of research tools that covers a host of information about voting in America both past and present. Covers political parties, campaigns and elections, and demographic information about voters. To download historical election return data, click on the "Export/Download" link in the left-hand sidebar.

DataGov

Dozens of governance indicators gathered from sources including the World Bank and Freedom House. Features easily visualization and comparisons. By the Inter-American Development Bank.

Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Data

Detailed, individual-level data on which people donated money to which candidates.

iPoll Databank at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Restricted Resource

Searchable database of U.S. public opinion data from academic, commercial, and media survey organizations, such as Gallup, Pew, network TV news bureaus, and more. In many cases, you can download the full data set from the survey through RoperExpress. View the Terms of Use for this resource.

New York Times/CBS News Poll Archive

Searchable archive of New York Times/CBS News Polls since 1976. Raw data from these polls is available through ICPSR.

OpenSecrets.org

Download bulk data on campaign finance, lobbying expenditures, 527 groups, and the personal finances of politicians. A project of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Paul Hensel's International Relations Data Site

Maintained by a professor of political science, who says, "These pages are meant to include the most useful data sources on processes of international conflict and cooperation, as well as data covering international economic, environmental, political, and social data and data on similar topics for the United States."

Policy Agendas Project

1940s-present. Coded datasets of policy changes based on Congressional hearings, Congressional roll call votes, executive orders, State of the Union addresses, and more.

Polling the Nations Restricted Resource

Compiles surveys conducted by hundreds of polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries from 1986 to the present. Each of the records reports a question asked, the percentage of respondents who gave each answer, and some information about the sample and survey methodology. The raw data is NOT available from this source; for some surveys, you may be able to find raw data through ICPSR or another source.

SIPRI: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Data on the weapons industry, arms transfers (1950-present), multilateral peacekeeping operations (2000-present), and military spending (1988-present).

Voting in American Elections
Print Location: Burling Ref JK1965 .B86 2010

1788-2008. Extensive data on American presidential elections, including turnout data for all presidential elections. Also includes some data on gubernatorial and Congressional elections.

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Good for data on healthcare costs in the U.S.

Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs

By the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Includes county-level data about cancer mortality rates back to 1950.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

Thematic maps of health care indicators in the U.S.

ChildInfo.org

Statistics on the health, education, and nutrition of children, gathered by UNICEF.

MEASURE DHS

Surveys on health and health care conducted in 75 developing countries from 1984 to the present. Both statistics and raw data sets are available. Some data sets are available in GIS formats.

National Center for Health Statistics

Maintained by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Includes both statistics and microdata.

OECD.Stat Restricted Resource

Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Economic, social, demographic, and other data is included. This online database supports browsing, querying, pivoting, and dynamic charting as well as downloading data.

Population Reference Bureau

Statistics on 95 demographic variables, including education, health, and employment. Statistics are available at the state level for the United States, at the country level for more than 220 countries; statistics are also available for the world as a whole and for 28 world regions and sub-regions. Statistics can be displayed as rankings, bar graphs, or maps.

SourceOECD Restricted Resource

Statistical databases and PDF versions of published statistical sources from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Topics include finance, trade, transportation, agriculture, health, education, science, and more. OECD Data can also be accessed through the OECD.Stat database above.

World Health Organization

International time-series data on a variety of health-related indicators, including data on health care systems.

WHO/Europe Databases

Health data from the World Health Organization's European division. Includes the European Health for All Database.

Pan American Health Organization

The North and South American division of the World Health Organization.

World Health Report

PDF versions of the World Health Report published annually by the World Health Organization (WHO). Each report examines a different topic in global public health. Reports are available online back to 1995.

Miscellaneous

Campus Security Data

Data about alleged crimes that occurred on and near every college campus in the United States, 2001-present.

Institute for Higher Education Policy Ranking Systems Clearinghouse

Links to various systems for ranking colleges and universities, both within individual countries and internationally.

National Center for Education Statistics

NCES is the primary federal entity collecting and analyzing education-related data for the United States and other nations. The NCES catalog can be searched to locate NCES publications and data products, many full-text or available for download, including The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) and the NAEP (Nation's Report Card). NCES also makes available extremely detailed data about pre-K through graduate education and about libraries.

U.S. Highway Statistics

From the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Data on drivers, number and types of vehicles, miles traveled, fuels, and more.

Uniform Crime Reports

Maintained by the FBI. Crime statistics down to the city level for the entire U.S. Also has statistics about crime on college campuses. For microdata on crime, see the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data within ICPSR.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

International crime statistics. Follow the links under "Data and Analysis" in the sidebar to find statistics on drugs and crime for most countries in the world.

Historical Data

Annual Energy Review

PDF version of the Annual Energy Review published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Contains historical time-series data, much of which goes back to 1949, on the production, consumption, and trade of energy in the United States. Data tables can also be downloaded in Excel format.

FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research)

PDF scans of historical publications related to economics. Most of the publications were originally produced by the Federal Reserve or various government agencies.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present Restricted Resource

A fully searchable and downloadable electronic database of quantitative facts of American history, covering topics such as economics, education, government, international migration, law, natural resources, religion, sociology, and trade.

International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 4675 .M552 2003

 

International Historical Statistics: The Americas, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 175 .M55 2003

 

International Historical Statistics: Europe, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 1107 .M5 2003

MeasuringWorth.com

Enter an amount, a starting year, an ending year, and a country (U.S., U.K., Japan, or China) and find out how much the amount was "worth" in each time based on up to seven different scales.

Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank

Price, wage and exchange rate data for Europe (and, in a few cases, parts of Asia and Africa bordering the Mediterranean), 800-1815.

Geographic Data

National Atlas

A comprehensive source of maps, geospatial and geostatistical data for the United States. The raw data that went into making the atlas can be downloaded freely for use in desktop GIS programs.

NHGIS

The National Historical Geographic Information System. Provides "aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000." Free registration required.

National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse

Search 250 spatial data servers at once through a single interface.

North American Environmental Atlas

Harmonized base layers of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., as well as layers of environmental data, from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

United Nations Environment Program GEO Data Portal

Data from UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report, as well as other environmental and socioeconomic data.

USGS Data on CD
Print Location: 4th Floor West Gov Doc CD

Grinnell has a great deal of data on CDs from the US Geological Survey. Browse the government documents CDs on the fourth floor (USGS data will be in the Is) or search in the catalog.

Sources for Raw Data Sets

American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS)

A sample of responses from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

ICPSR Restricted Resource

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains and provides access to the world's largest archive of raw data sets in the social sciences. Before downloading data, you will be prompted to create a MyData account. You must be on campus to create this account. As long as you log in to your MyData account from an on-campus computer at least every 6 months, you will also be able to download data while you are off campus.

National Center for Health Statistics

Maintained by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Includes both statistics and microdata.

American National Election Studies

Time-series data on voting behavior and political opinions back to 1948.

Center for Migration and Development

Data from several studies related to migration in the United States and Latin America.

CESSDA Catalog

Question-level/variable-level searching of the data archives of 20 European countries. This is the most comprehensive source for sets of European survey data. The catalog links to the sites of the national data archives, some of which require registration or place other restrictions on access.

Data.gov.uk

A central repository of datasets from the United Kingdom.

General Social Survey

Survey data about the demographics, attitudes, and behaviors of Americans. Time-series data back to 1972 is available for some questions.

IPUMS

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. A project of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, this site distributes microdata sets from historical and current censuses of both the U.S. and foreign countries. These data sets have been harmonized, so items from one census can easily be compared to items on another census.

IQSS Dataverse Network

The most comprehensive catalog of data sets in the United States; also a good source for some international data.

MEASURE DHS

Surveys on health and health care conducted in 75 developing countries from 1984 to the present. Both statistics and raw data sets are available. Some data sets are available in GIS formats.

Odum Institute for Research in Social Science

Raw data from many historical public opinion polls, including several hundred state-level polls, Harris polls, and the Computer Assisted Panel Study.

Office of Population Research at Princeton University

Data sets from the Mexican Migration Project, Latin American Migration Project, American Fertility Surveys, National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, Texas Higher Education Opportunity Project, and more.

Pew Research Center

Distributes data from five of Pew's research centers: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Pew Internet and American Life Project, Pew Global Attitudes Project, and the Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends studies.

Policy Agendas Project

1940s-present. Coded datasets of policy changes based on Congressional hearings, Congressional roll call votes, executive orders, State of the Union addresses, and more.

RoperExpress

Provides downloads of full public opinion data sets from academic, commercial, and media survey organizations, such as Gallup, Pew, network TV news bureaus, and more. RoperExpress is only for downloading full data sets to analyze. To search for quick public opinion statistics, use iPoll. View the Terms of Use for this resource.

SDA Archive

SDA allows online analysis of various datasets, including the General Social Survey, the American National Election Study, the U.S. Census Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS), and a few others. This is a good option if you want a quick answer and don't want/need to download the entire dataset to get it.

UK Data Archive

Several thousand data sets on a variety of topics, including crime, demographics, the economy, education, employment, the environment, health, religion, social indicators, and more. Historical and longitudinal data is also available. Much of the data was collected in the United Kingdom, although some international data sets are available. Registration is required; this registration is free for academic users.

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