ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, is the largest repository of social science data in the world. Since 1962, the ICPSR, based at the University of Michigan, has collected and made available the datasets of many major government studies in their entirety, along with polls and surveys conducted by organizations and individual researchers. ICPSR contains over 7,000 data collections and over 500,000 individual data files, most of which are already prepared for easy use with statistical software such as SPSS and SAS. Rutgers is an ICPSR Direct member institution, allowing researchers to download datasets directly to their desktops.
Direct downloads are restricted to Rutgers users. You must create your account while on campus, using your Rutgers e-mail. See the "My Data Login/Create Account" link. After creating an account, you can use your login from off campus, as long as you login from campus at least once every six months.
User tools and features
Alert services for notifications of new releases and updates to datasets.
Dates of contributed studies vary, ranging from the Census of 1790 to the present.
Government agencies, research organizations, and individual researchers contribute data to the site. Frequently downloaded data collections include the General Social Survey, World and European Values Survey, American National Election Studies, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Health and Medical Care Archive, the International Archive of Education Data, and many more.
Type of coverage
Downloadable datasets, plus associated documentation and codebooks.
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