“An international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.”
The NORC at the University of Chicago provides several services pertaining to Social Science research including a high quality collection of data.
“The kinds of data collected include:
-individual, household or establishment information supporting wide ranging research initiatives including health and family, energy consumption, childhood immunization, social behavior, employment, retirement, and other matters
-administrative records, such as academic transcripts, financial documents, medical records, and meeting minutes
-biomarkers and biomeasures”
“The Roper Center focuses on public opinion data from commercial and media survey organizations. The Roper Center archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.”
Sources by Topic
“Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood.”
American National Election Studies
“The American National Election Studies (ANES) produces high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes. ANES conducts national surveys of the American electorate in election years and carries out research and development work through pilot studies.”
General Social Survey
“The 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. Among the topics covered are civil liberties, crime and violence, intergroup tolerance, morality, national spending priorities, psychological well-being, social mobility, and stress and traumatic events.”
Health and Retirement Study
“The HRS surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. The study paints an emerging portrait of an aging America’s physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial status, family support systems, labor market status, and retirement planning.” A wide range of public data is available as well as restricted data products available under specific contractual conditions.
Panel Study of Income Dynamics
“The PSID is a nationally representative longitudinal study of nearly 9,000 U.S. families. Following the same families and individuals since 1968, the PSID collects data on economic, health, and social behavior.”
Subject librarians can help search for additional data sources, contact the librarian for your subject for assistance.
Google Public Data Explorer
Publicly-available data via the popular search engine. Allows visualization.
Center for Research Computing
Staff at the CRC can help with storage, manipulation and analysis of large data sets. They can also be of assistance in projects dealing with more advanced GIS requirements.
Local Labs provides several hundred points of demographic data for virtually every zip code, city, county, and state in the US. Granular socioeconomic data are freely and practically available.