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Finding Social Science Data: Associations Unlimited

This guide is for scholars interested in finding social science data for their research.

Information Found on Associations Unlimited

The amount of, and kind of information found on Associations Unlimited varies between organizations. Here is a list of the kind of information you can get from Associations Unlimited.

  • Name(s)
  • Address
  • Contact Information
  • Club History
  • Membership Information
  • Awards
  • Publications
  • Conventions/Meetings


Associations Unlimited is a resource that helps researchers find information for various associations, professional societies, and nonprofits.

Associations Unlimited was founded by the Encyclopedia of Associations, which is fifty years old. It includes listings for 152,000 organizations and 300,000 nonprofits from around the world. Information that can be found on Associations Unlimited ranges from basic contact information to publications. A more detailed list of information can be found on the left side planel.

While Associations Unlimited has data in of itself, for our purposes it is a tool that can be used to find more data. First, you have the ability to reach out to the organizations on Associations Unlimited and ask for data. You can also look at the publications information that is included on many Associations Unlimited entries and track down statistical publications relevant to your research.  These publications will have underlying data that you can either find on the association's website or request from the association.


Searching on Associations Unlimited

Associations Unlimited has powerful search tools.

Associations Unlimited allows users six different search functions: Association Name or Acronym Search, Location Search, Subject/Any Word Search, Custom Search, Expert Search, and an IRS Data on U.S. Nonprofit Organizations Search. Each function has its purpose, but the Custom Search option tends to be the best for our purposes, as it gives clear-cut but wide-reaching fields for searching.

Boolean searching and other standard searching methods can be very helpful on Associations Unlimited, as it can broaden or limit the range of your search. For more information on how to use these operations, see the Associations Unlimited Search Tips page.

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