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EVST 399/SOAN 300: Research Methods: Data Sources

Spring 2018


An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

You must create a MyData Account to download data sets from on or off campus.

Some data file downloads are inaccessible due to technical problems. Please contact the library help desk for assistance.

ICPSR - Search Tips

Search Tips

  • Our search indexes the full documentation for a dataset, including the variable descriptions.
  • A Boolean "and" is invoked with multiple search terms.
  • Stemming is automatic; do not use an asterisk.
  • Search is not case-sensitive.
  • You can enter a literal research question:
    Do children of Asian immigrants speak English in the home more often than children of Latino immigrants?
  • Or just keywords:
    retirement "health insurance"
  • Use quotes for phrase searches; use the minus sign to remove items from results:
    "election data" -"opinion poll"
  • You can still search by study number.
  • A fielded search is also available.

Roper Center

Create a "personal account" to use Roper Center IPoll datasets.

Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) Archive

The SDA Archive includes several datasets, including the General Social Survey (GSS) and the American National Election Study (ANES).

US Government Data Sources

The Armacost Library has been a congressionally designated depository library for U.S. government publications since 1933, and continues to provide the University of Redlands and residents of California's 31st Congressional District with free access to government information (44 U.S.C. § 1911) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

IF the US government remains in partial shutdown, some of these sites may not be available.