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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: a data resource for University of Kentucky faculty, students and staff.
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The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides access to social science data files, including studies, CD-ROMs, series descriptions, and ICPSR web pages. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health.

See the Find and Analyze Data to learn about search options. Please note: Searches are automatically truncated, e.g., if any of your terms are the root of longer words, the longer words will be part of your search. See more....

Direct downloading is available; click on Quick Download, Download select files or Download all files once you have identified the data you want. Registration with a MyData account is required to download most data files. (See Help with MyData for trouble-shooting.)

Help with Data Manipulation:
Downloaded data files require statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata) to manipulate the data; to acquire statistical software and find where to get consulting assistance, see Information Technologies' Statistical Software page and Arts & Sciences' Applied Statistics Laboratory (consults). For assistance with locating data files in ICPSR, contact the Young Library Reference Desk.

It is also possible to analyze selected data files on the ICPSR site using Survey Documentation Analysis (SDA), Nesstar, and other tools; look for the Online Analysis link in your search results, and see "Online Analysis" under Additional ICPSR Services.



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ICPSR Official Representative for UK

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