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Datasets: Where to Find Datasets?

CMU Libraries' Collection

  • The Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive (1815-2016 excluding the two modern wartime periods, 1914-1918 and 1940-1945) Political, Legislative and Economic Data on Domestic Conflict Events: Assassinations, Revolutions, Riots, General Strikes, Terrorism/Guerrilla Warfare, Major Government Crises, Anti-Government Demonstrations and Purges
  • Data Citation Index Web of Science Data Citation Index includes bibliographic metadata from research data in Data Studies and Data Sets from a wide range of international data repositories.
  • DemographicsNow Search for people, businesses, or access a demographic report on any geography – or compare multiple geographies - for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more.
  • General Social Survey (GSS) contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. GSS home page
  • Latin American Databank locates, acquires, processes and archives public opinion surveys conducted by the survey research community in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Life Sciences Datasets This research guide provides links to data repositories in the life sciences and will allow you to download existing datasets for your research.
  • Simmons Insights (Formerly MRI University Reporter) Studies on American consumers. Key magazine planning data resources, summary tables of key audience and product usage data from national probability samples.This resource is limited to 10 simultaneous users.
  • Roper Center Data various topic and collections, such as elections, presidents, Latin American Databank, etc.

Datasets by Subject

  • The Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive Political, Legislative and Economic Data on Domestic Conflict Events: Assassinations, Revolutions, Riots, General Strikes, Terrorism/Guerrilla Warfare, Major Government Crises, Anti-Government Demonstrations and Purges

DataRefuge a community-driven, collaborative project to preserve public climate and environmental data.

DataONE a community driven program providing access to data across multiple member repositories, supporting enhanced search and discovery of Earth and environmental data.

Environmental Data Initiative "The EDI Data Portal contains environmental and ecological data packages contributed by a number of participating organizations."

OECD Data Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all.

Raw data from online personality tests For general public edification the data collected through the personality tests on this website is dumped here. All data is anonymous.

How to Interpreting SPSS Output

A Guide to Interpreting SPSS Output - How to interpret frequency distributions, crosstabulations, comparison of means tests, correlations, and OLS regressions done in SPSS. Used in teaching undergraduate Introduction to Statistics course.

Datasets by other providers

  • provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.
  • Data Sheets by PRB "Search hundreds of indicators, thousands of locations, and easily create custom reports to print, download, and share."
  • Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents) by Princeton University
  • IPUMS Integrated Public User Microdata Series by Minnesota Population Center (MPC) at University of Minnesota.
  • Medeley Data Search 10.3 million datasets from domain-specific and cross-domain repositories
  • MDRC Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies, MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale demonstrations and evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people.
  • The Panel Study of Income Dynamics - PSID - is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world. The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individuals living in 5,000 families in the United States.
  • UK Data Service the UK's largest collection of economic, social and population data for research and teaching.
  • UNICEF plays a central role in monitoring the situation of children and women – by assisting countries in collecting and analyzing data.

How to cite datasets?

  • Cite ICPSR datasets This page offers guidelines and best practices for citing social science research data in order to promote vigorous and consistent attribution of datasets.
  • DataCite provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research outputs.


  • APA Style - APA general rule (see the description in APA Manual p. 210-211) An example:

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