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Learn more about the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Science Research!

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What is ICPSR?

“Established in 1962, ICPSR is the world's largest archive of digital social science data. [They] acquire, preserve, and distribute original research data and provide training in its analysis.” Users can search the data or contribute to the archive by depositing their own computer-readable data.

ICPSR provides raw numeric data from surveys, consensus and administrative records from which users can conduct statistical analysis and create reports, figures, etc. “The ICPSR data holdings cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse.”

Setting up your ICPSR Account

Users must set up a MyData account while on campus, and then will have access anywhere for 6 months. After 6 months, they will have to re-authenticate from on campus.

You can either go right to the ICPSR website or go via the library's Databases A-Z page.

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