These resources are found in the UIUC Scholarly Commons and Law Library LibGuides.
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.
Begun in 2012 and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), re3data.org - which stands for the Registry of Research Data Repositories - is a global registry of research data repositories. Data is not stored on re3data.org. Rather, users search re3data.org to find repositories that match up with their interests, either to find data sets, or find a place to store their own data sets.
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.
Cline Center for Advanced Social Research has developed some data sets for textual research. According to the Center's website, this is its purpose as a campus research center:
The Cline Center’s research draws on two types of data resources: extreme-scale collections of unstructured textual data created by news content providers around the world, and structured datasets created by the Cline Center that support a wide range of social science research on human flourishing and societal well-being. The following illustrates just one of the data assets curated or supported by the Cline Center.
For database access and training, contact Dan Shalmon, Engagement Coordinator. Note: For UIUC researchers interested in textual analysis and sentiment, not intended for classroom assignments.