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Finding Social Science Data: ICPSR

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

Searching on ICPSR

ICPSR lets you search by variable or metadata. It also allows you to browse by study or series and lets you compare variables on the search page. You can also filter by series, study, or time period, as well as look at particular studies, variables, or publications.

Direct Download

ICPSR lets you download data in different formats. These include:

  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • Stata
  • Comma delimited


Title: ICPSR Sharing data to advance science

ICPSR is a data repository hosted by the University of Michigan.

The Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a data repository that hosts archived data from researchers and the government, as well as other depositors. ICPSR includes over fifty years of clean, well-documented, archived social science data, and individuals with University of Illinois credentials can both access deposited data and deposit your own data. In order to access ICPSR's full resources, you will need to sign in through the University of Illinois. A link to the catalog record is below. You may be required to use the Virtual Enclave or the Secure Data Enclave at the University of Michigan for sensitive data.

YouTube Tutorials

ICPSR hosts an active YouTube channel, where they post tutorials, interviews, and other videos related to ICPSR and data! Check them out by clicking the link below or simply type ICSPR into Youtube's search engine and select their channel. 

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