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Political Science Data Resources
- 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.
Rutgers University Libraries
General Databases - World
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
- National Data Archives are on the rise, e.g., UK, France, Finland, Australia
- IFDO – International Federation of Data Organizations, for more links
Elections and other topics
Other universities have excellent data 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
- 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.