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Political Science 381: Introduction to Research Design

Recommended resources for Political Science 381 taught by Professor Nancy Burns Fall 2023

L2 Historical Voter Dataset

Tips for Finding and Using Data

  • When searching for data, think about who would collect this data. Social Scientists? Government?
  • Pay attention to the data sources used in books and articles from your literature review.
    • Did the authors deposit their research data?  
    • Even if they don't share their research data authors should cite the data they used, make use of those citations
  • When you find a relevant data set, learn as much as you can about it.
    • Read the codebook
    • Read publications that used that data set and note how those researchers used the data
  • CSCAR supports researchers doing statistical analysis. They offer workshops and consultations that are available to undergraduates participating in faculty-directed research
  • The Clark Library can help you with data visualization and mapping tools
  • Cite the data set!

Social Science Data Archives

Longitudinal Studies Measuring Opinions, Attitudes, Values

Election Studies

For data on election results see the Elections Research Guide

Online Analysis Tools for GSS, ANES Datasets and CSES

Political Agendas and Communication

Speeches and Press Conferences

US Statistics

The United States government produces a large amount of data.  A list of agencies that compile statistics can be found here

US Census Data

Social Explorer is a great database for demographic data going back to 1790.  See also the Research Guide on US Census Data

Demographic Data for US States, Counties, Cities and Census Tracts

Statistics by Region or Country

Health Statistics

Education Statistics

Statistcs on the Media