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NEW! Expedited Access to Essential Data for Social Science Scholars

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce a stream-lined, expedited process of access for Rutgers students and scholars to a major data storehouse for Social Science research.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a very large social science data archive that is hosted from the University of Michigan. Rutgers University Libraries pays the annual membership fee and, therefore, ICPSR is available to all Rutgers University faculty, students and staff.

In the past, anyone who wanted to obtain data from ICPSR had to contact the OR (official representative) for their particular institution. Recently ICPSR has instituted a new service called "ICPSR Direct". This new service enables the Rutgers community to download data directly to their local workstation rather than request the data from the OR.

To use ICPSR Direct, Rutgers users can search the ICPSR archive at and request a download. Users will see a Rutgers University banner page and will be asked for their email address. After submitting their email address, users can continue and download both data files and codebooks to their local PC.

The ICPSR archive is also accessible from the Library catalog. Alternatively users can continue to request data and download assistance from Ron Jantz (, the data librarian at Alexander Library. Ron is also the Rutgers official representative to ICPSR. Users should note that some of the ICPSR data files are large (sometimes in excess of 100 megabytes) and the files are all zipped to conserve space and minimize download time. Ron will be glad to continue to assist anyone in working with these large files.

Posted May 21, 2002