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Social Science Data and Statistics Sources

This is a general guide to resources for finding social science data and statistics.

About this guide

""Welcome!  This page highlights key resources for locating data and statistics in the social sciences, including the following: 

  • Strategies and questions to ask when searching for data
  • International data and statistics sources
  • United States data and statistics sources
  • International & United States GIS resources, including shapefiles
  • Statistical and GIS software to help you analyze the data you find
  • Opinion poll data
  • Helpful people and tutorials at the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC)
  • How to cite your data
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down
  • Remote library services during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation

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