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Social Science Data and Statistics Sources

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

Statistical and GIS software

For help with these tools and software, visit the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC). The ERC's calendar lists when staff is available to answer your questions. No appointment necessary! They also offer online software tutorials.

  • ArcGIS
    • ‚ÄčThis geographic information system software that allows you to map and analyze data. It is available on all computers on the 1st floor of the Barnard Library, the ERC, and in PC student computer labs.
    • NOTE: ArcGIS is not compatible with Mac OS X.
    • ArcGIS training documentation linked in CLIO record
  • Atlas.ti
    • Atlas.ti is qualitative data analysis software. It is available on the computers on the 1st floor of the Barnard Library and in the ERC. You can download a trial version to your personal computer. 
    • Trial version download
  • Excel
  • NVivo
    • NVivo is qualitative data analysis software and is available on all computers on the 1st floor of the Barnard Library and in the ERC.
    • NVivo training documentation linked in CLIO records - Mac and PC
  • R
    • R is a free, open-source statistical data analysis software package. It is available on all computers on the 1st floor of the Barnard Library, the ERC, and all student computer labs on campus.
    • Download software
  • SPSS
    • SPSS is a tool that helps you manage and analyze large pools of data. It is available on all computers on the 1st floor of the Barnard Library, the ERC, and all student computer labs on campus.
    • SPSS Documentation from Columbia
  • STATA
    • STATA is a data analysis and statistical software. It is available on all computers on the 1st floor of the Barnard Library, the ERC and all student computer labs on campus.
    • Frequently Asked Questions