A quick note on this extensive database of over 500,000 research files in the field of social sciences. It is a very resourceful website that you can access through the AU Library database catalog and http://www.icpsr.umich.edu.

American University is a member institute in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. ICPSR gathers, maintains and disburses a large number of data sets to users interested in Social Science research. This data is available to the entire university community for research purposes. The manager of the SSRL serves as an official ICPSR representative.

These are two interesting examples where ICPSR recently added new data sets to their database from past studies and surveys:

1. CBS News/Vanity Fair Monthly Poll, March 2010
This is a public opinion survey on the president and several political and social issues, such as the health care reform bill.

2. International Dating Violence Study, 2001-2006
This study interviews perpetrators and victims of violence in 32 countries. The data is downloadable in SAS, SPSS and STATA format for your convenience.

To access the ICPSR data, you will need to create an account with them. This is completely free, and you can use your AU account information to register. Once you’re in, you have access to the multitude of data sets of various topics. Many of the data sets are downloadable in SAS, SPSS, STATA, or Excel format, depending on the source of the data.

If you have any questions about downloading this information – please ask one of the consultants in the lab!