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SOCIOL 332: Methods of Social Research: Finding Data

Research guide for the Duke Sociology Dept.'s research methods course


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Find Statistics and Numeric Data

  • ICPSR Data Archive
    ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, is a membership-based organization which collects data from individual researchers, polling agencies, and governmental and international agencies. Its purpose is to maximize the availability and utilization of data resources by obtaining data and the technical documentation needed to access them for redistribution to its membership. Duke University's membership in ICPSR allows all Duke researchers to use ICPSR resources free of charge.
  • American National Election Studies
    The ANES conducts national surveys of the American electorate in presidential and midterm election years and carries out research and development work through pilot studies in odd-numbered years. The NES time-series now encompasses 26 election studies spanning over five decades. The longevity of the NES time-series greatly enhances the utility of the data, since measures can be pooled over time, and both long-term trends and the political impact of historical events can be identified. Registration required.

Statistics and Numeric Data

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997
    "The NLSY97 consists of a nationally representative sample of approximately 9,000 youths who were 12 to 16 years old as of December 31, 1996. Round 1 of the survey took place in 1997. In that round, both the eligible youth and one of that youth's parents received hour-long personal interviews. In addition, during the screening process, an extensive two-part questionnaire was administered that listed and gathered demographic information on members of the youth's household and on his or her immediate family members living elsewhere. Youths are interviewed on an annual basis." -- From the Bureau of Labor Statistics website

Government Information

Data and Statistics

  • U.S. Census
    The Census Bureau's primary web source. U.S. Census provides tables and maps of all census geographies down to the block level.
    Find data about the U.S., such as demographic and economic data, population, and maps.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States "The Millennial Edition is the definitive source of statistics and data about the United States and is a key resource for American history research from Colonial times to the present."

NCAA Statistics

The NCAA offers records and statistics by sport on their website: