ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: Downloading Data

A depository of data sets for use in secondary data analysis

Downloading data

Downloading data

Most of the ICPSR datasets are downloadable only by current Vanderbilt students and faculty.  Federally funded data are freely available to the general public.

 Steps for downloading data:

  1. You must login to your ICPSR account
  2. Click your desired data format.
  3. Select the dataset(s) in the study that you want to download.
  4. Click the button to add files to your Data Cart.
  5. Click the button to review the contents of your Data Cart. (You may skip this step if you wish.)
  6. Click the button to download your Data Cart contents with your selected files.


  • Use the Browse Documentation tab to decide if the study fits your information needs.
  • By downloading data from ICPSR, you are agreeing not to share the data with persons not authorized by ICPSR to receive it and to follow the terms of use in ICPSR’s Terms of Use Statement.

Statistics Software

If you are using ICPSR in Morgan Library*, you will find SAS and SPSS available on the slide & large format scanning computer stations. Ask at the Information Desk if you have trouble locating these computers.

*Software at Morgan Library