Q. I need a dataset for the quantitative section of my paper. Where do I start looking for statistical datasets?

Answered By: Kathryn Ray
Last Updated: May 17, 2019     Views: 175

The US government maintains a website to search for government-funded data.  http://www.data.gov/

To search across Socrata-powered sites
http://www.opendatanetwork.com/ (searching by time period and geography, and display of matches in search results, are on the development list.)

Open Access Directory publishes a list of Data Repositories by subject.

The library has many almost 100 databases that include some numeric downloadable datasets.  To access databases, go to the library's homepage under RESEARCH and click on Search Databases > All Database Type > Data or begin with the list of core databases below.

The icon Icon indicates which of the library's databases contain downloadable numeric datasets.  

Here are the Core databases to find downloadable datasets:

U.S. statistical information from the American Statistics Index. Includes Statistical Abstract of the United States and a selection of full-text documents.
This resource includes both publicly available and non-publicly available datasets on public policy and social science research. NOTE: Access to datasets requires a free user-specific login. To log in using your existing account or to create a new account, click on "MyData Login/Create Account" from the ICPSR page.
Includes the following statistical databases from the International Monetary Fund: Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS); Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS); Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS); Financial Access Survey (FAS); Government Finance Statistics (GFS); International Financial Statistics (IFS); and International Reserves Template.
U.S. and international public opinion polls (iPOLL) and datasets (RoperExpress) from 1935 to present. Includes the major academic, commercial and media survey organizations.
Books, periodicals, statistics and working papers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
SimplyAnalytics, formerly SimplyMap, allows users to generate maps and reports from a wide variety of data sources. Variables available include census demographics, Nielsen's PRIZM, EAIS Health Data, and more. Results can be exported as images, xls or csv reports, and GIS compatible formats. Access is limited to five concurrent users. Users may create an account to save their searches or proceed as a guest.
Coverage: U.S. Census and demographic data from 1790 to present. Updated: Continuously. Contains current and historical U.S. Census and demographic data that can be downloaded. One can create thematic and interactive maps as well as reports at the state, county, census tract, block group, and ZIP code level. Access is limited to three concurrent users.
Social, economic, and financial statistics for over 270 countries and areas of the world.
World Bank data on development: environment, people, economy, global links.

Also, take a look at the Subject Guides listed below.

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