PA 765 Research Methodology Links
NCSU Library Links
Political Science/Public Administration Research Links
Statistics and Data Links
- How to Acquire Datasets from the ICPSR Archive (NCSU only)
- Excel add-in to download Federal reserve data (
- IDRE Data Links Page (UCLA). A superb first stop for information on statistical procedures.
- Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS). Click on the "Information Materials" tab. Also holds conferences bringing data users and federal agencies together. Good for finding new data resources.
- Data.Gov. Intended to be a one-stop shop for federal data. Click on "Raw Data".
- University of Michigan Statistics Page
- Odum Institute has numerous statistics-related resources
- Social Science Data Services, University of California at San Diego
- Online Data Archive, University of Wisconsin
- The Harvard-MIT Data Center is the principal distributor of over five hundred online subsettable data sets, sophisticated browsing and searching options, automatic ordering of new data sets from other repositories, and interactive data exploration. Its largest project currently is the creation of a data center (VDC) -- a free, open, portable, self-installing data server, using the protocols for communication and searching from their ongoing Digital Libraries Project, and their recently completed Record of American Democracy project (the largest collection of combined census and electoral data set ever created). The VDC project will seamlessly integrate independent virtual data center sites around the world and make data sharing and distribution easy and transparent.
- EconData.Net. Has over 900 links to socioeconomic data sources, arranged by subject and provider, pointers to the Web's premiere data collections, and their own list of the ten best sites for finding regional economic data.
- Envirofacts. The EPA's data warehouse site.
- ICMA datasets from the International City Management Association cover such topics as economic development, electronic government, police and fire, and recreation. While they cost money, funds may be available through the department, lab, or library.
- National Longitudinal Surveys, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept. of Labor. The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.
- Princeton University Data and Statistical Services (DSS) provides over 24,000 machine-readable files, some restricted to the Princeton community but much available to outside researchers.
- The Scholars' Lab of the University of Virginia provides access to the City and County Databooks, County Business Patterns, National Income and Product Accounts, 1990 Census PUMS, U. S. Imports and Exports, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, and more.
- Statistics Resources for Business and Educators
- Time Series Data Library. Over 50 topic areas.
- UNESCO maintains a web page of social science data links.. Its DARE database of over 11,000 resources is searchable.
- World Bank Public Sector Data. Data here includes World Bank staff assessments of country performance in economic management, structural policies, policies for social inclusion and equity, and public sector management and institutions for the poorest countries. Also included are indicators on revenues and expenses from the International Monetary Fund's Government Finance Statistics, and on tax policies from various sources.
- American National Election Study Guide
- Antti Poikola's List of Pubtc Sector Data Catalogues
- Bureau of the Census
- Business Statistics on the Web
- NCSU Data Consultant Home Page
- Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
- Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods, Gene Shackman
- General Social Survey (GSS) Home Page at the NORC
- Health and Human Services Data Resources , scroll to statistics section at bottom
- National Archive and Records Administration
- National Archive of Criminal Justice Dta (NACJD)
- NationMaster.com National Profile Data
- Online Statistical Resources, York University
- Practical Statistical Resources, Alan Reifman, Texas Tech
- Research Methods Knowledgebase
- SAS Institute Inc.
- Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council
Teaching Resources Depository Home Page
- SPSS Inc.
- Stata Search Page. Use search in upper right.
- Statistical Data Locators is an online gateway to Asian, American, and international data, grouped by country and subject.
- Statistics Resources, University of Florida
- Statistics resources (Duke University)
- StatLib Index, Carnegie-Mellon University
- UCLA Statistics Home Page
- WISE: Web Interface for Statistics Education, Claremont College
- The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Statistics
Public Opinion Links
Use POLL via Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe to identify survey items related to your topic covering the broadest range of surveys (POLL information is available at my PA 803 website). To get POLL datasets (ex., Gallup, NORC, NBC, LA Times), not just the items and frequencies, the library must join the Roper Center's IPOLL, which it is considering doing. The Odum Institute at UNC-CH below also lets you search for Harris Poll questions and can provide datasets. The ICPSR has datasets from media polls (ABC, CBS, Washington Post, etc.) as well as the General Social Survey and the American National Election Studies (contact NCSU Data librarian Michele Hayslett, email@example.com). Pew Polls (below) also become available six months after debut.
- Cornell University Public Opinion Surveys page
- American Association for Public Opinion Research (index to Public Opinion Quarterly
- Gallup Organization
- Gallup Poll
- The Harris Poll
- Journeys in Survey Research, by John Hall. SPSS oriented. Tutorials and data.
- University of Michigan Survey Research Center
- University of Michigan Library: Public Opinion
- National Election Studies
- National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
- Odum Institute for Research in Social Science Home Page
- Pew Research Center/Pew Polls
- Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, including POLL
- Social Science Data Archives - Europe (CESSDA
- Social Science Data Services, from UCSD
- Yankelovich Poll
- More survey research links (UK)
North Carolina Data
David Garson, Professor of Public Administration
Internet: David_Garson@ncsu.edu; Phone (919) 616-2273; Fax (919) 515-7333
NCSU Master's and Ph.D. Programs in Public Administration
North Carolina State University, Box 8102, Raleigh, NC 27695, U.S.A.