Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
ICPSR - Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - Data* is the largest social science data archive in the United States. UCI's institutional membership allows direct downloading of datasets.
"ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations."
ICPSR studies are discoverable by browse and keyword search. Studies are sorted in several useful ways including "most downloaded". Users can browse by Topic, Series, Thematic data collection, or Global data.
Questions about login/password, restricted data, and member-only data? This page is designed to demystify ICPSR. Additional assistance is available at ICPSR User Support (user support staff are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET, Monday to Friday): Phone: 734-647-2200; ICPSRfirstname.lastname@example.org
"Institutional open ICPSR is a research data-sharing service developed to meet the needs of universities, journals, research centers, and departments. We offer a fully-hosted, economical, professionally-run, and trusted research data repository that demonstrates the research impact of your organization."
"RCMD is a recent initiative of ICPSR. The changing demographic composition has expanded the scope of the U.S. racial and ethnic mosaic. As a result, interest and research on race and ethnicity has become more complex and expansive. Initially."
"Public-use data, which constitute the majority of ICPSR's holdings, are those for which disclosure risk to research participants and of confidential information is minimal. When necessary, ICPSR protects respondent confidentiality by removing, masking, and/or collapsing variables in the deposited data to produce a public-use version of the dataset."
"ICPSR welcomes and encourages deposits of digital data. Deposits are made using a secure Data Deposit Form to describe the data collection and upload content. You will need a MyData account to create, access, and authenticate your deposit."
"These resources were created especially for undergraduate faculty and students. While any of ICPSR's data and tools can be used in the classroom, the ones provided here make it easy for instructors to set up data-driven learning experiences."
"ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) has a number of video presentations on YouTube that address a variety of topics including step by step instructions on using and troubleshooting set-up files and creating a MyData account, and learning about some of the archives housed at ICPSR, such as RCMD and Research Connections or using ICPSR resources in your classroom, such as Inquiry-Based Learning."