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Data by Subject: Political Science

Selected data resources categorized by academic discipline

Political Science Data Resources

Warming Up

  • Data is collected by governments, corporations, nonprofits, research organizations, and individual researchers.
  • Think about who will be likely to collect data on the topics you’re interested in.
  • Follow the leads from existing research on similar topics.

Starting Points

Rutgers University Libraries

General Databases - World

More World

  • OECD.Stat – In-depth coverage of developed countries (click on Statistics)
  • Asia-Studies Full-Text Online – includes statistical data on Asian countries
  • Correlates of War - international historical collection of data relating to warfare and influences on war
  • China Data Online – official statistics from China
  • Human Rights Data Project (CIRI) Cingranelli-Richards Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981
  • For international trade, there are a number of more specialized sources, including COMTRADE, the trade database of the UN Statistics Commission; the WTO’s trade and tariff statistics, and the World Bank’s WITS trade data.
  • World Health Organization – Statistical Information System
  • UNESCO Data Centre

General - US

         Mapping and Data - US

  • Social Explorer - all Census (plus religion) 1790 to present, very easy to use
  • PolicyMap - many economic and social indicators

Archives – ICPSR, Roper

  • ICPSR– the largest and most important archive of social science data
    • Includes major projects such as General Social Survey, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Terrorism, and more
  • Roper Center– archive specializing in polls and surveys
    • iPoll provides access to US polling data
    • Roper Express provides complete archives
    • May not include ALL Roper polls – some are commercial

Archives, continue

  • National Data Archives are on the rise, e.g., UK, France, Finland, Australia
  • IFDO – International Federation of Data Organizations, for more links

More Polls

  • Arab Barometer - opinion polls on Arab countries
  • Eurobarometer – opinion poll series on Europe
  • LAPOP - Latin American Public Opinion
  • Latinobarometro – also Latin American surveys
  • Polling the Nations – searchable international surveys
  • Harris – searchable archive of Harris polls (major US poll organization)
  • Eagleton – New Jersey polls
  • NORC - National Opinion Research Center – publications here, data often in ICPSR

Elections and other topics

Other universities have excellent data sites

Searchable Sites

  • IQSS DATAVERSE – large interdisciplinary repository of individual projects
  • DATA PASS – archives of specially preserved data
  • OFFSTATS – find state statistical agencies for most nations here

“Hidden” data

  • WRDS – detailed financial reports, stock prices, indices
  • Datastream – bonds, currencies, futures, options
  • Please consult with me if you are not finding the data you need!  There are many informal or less than obvious sources of data.

See Data Services for further information on the Libraries Data services. 

Data Librarian

Ryan Womack
Contact:
Alexander Library

169 College Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA

848-932-6107
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