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Finding Social Science Data: Home

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

Learning Outcomes

In order to locate potential sources of data in their discipline, readers will be able to...

  • Identify and browse directories of data repositories ( and data-gathering associations (Associations Unlimited)
  • Search the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
  • Locate data using citations from other research articles


Title: Finding Social Sciences Data

This guide will give you a brief introduction to resources you can use to find social science data for your research. It will guide you in finding resources that list possible data sources, navigating ICPSR, and mining citations from other research articles to help you find data. This guide was created and updated in conjunction with the Finding Social Science Data Savvy Researcher Workshop.


If you have questions about anything on this guide, or would like to talk specifically about what you need to do to get the data you require, don't hesitate to contact the Scholarly Commons or one of our experts for help!

The Scholarly Commons is located at 306 Main Library. You can contact the Scholarly Commons through email or by phone (217) 244-1331. You can also get in touch with our social science data specialist, Carissa Phillips.

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Phone: 217-244-1331