ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: Searching for Data Sets
Searching for Data Sets
The Search function appears on the ICPSR home page and on the Data page. You can search the name of a survey or a principal investigator. You can also search by subject and/or keyword. Consult the Thesaurus for social science terminology.
The search results are a list of datasets and/or documents. Studies with downloadable data will have links to a description and download link. Some studies have segments, with an online analysis link, which have been adapted for the beginning researcher and for classroom use. The related literature link will provide a list of citations for publications based upon the dataset.
Tips for Finding Datasets
The 'Summary of Holdings' for ICPSR studies provide valuable information that will help you determine if the study is a good choice for your particular assignment. Some things to keep in mind include: