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Finding Data

Strategies and resources for finding data across the social sciences, including opinion surveys.

Data Favorites

Data Archives

The library purchases subscriptions to data archives and commercial products providing data across the disciplines.

  • Usually subscription/fee based
  • Data generally available in formats like SPSS, SAS, Stata or Excel


The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research maintains the world's largest archive of computerized, numeric social science data. Topics covered include demography, economics, health care, politics, social behavior, public opinion.

Variable level searching for some studies is available under Data > Browse > Social Science Variables Database

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.