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Finding Data Online
The open web provides a plethora of resources for finding data. Below are data resources arranged by general topic or try using advanced Google searching.
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General Social Survey
A standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest, that has tracked the opinions of Americans over the last four decades.
Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. They conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
National Survey of Student Engagement
Through surveys at participating four year colleges, NSSE has been interpreting the links between student engagement and college services/instruction for more than ten years.
College Alcohol Study
"The Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (CAS) has conducted 4 national surveys involving over 14,000 students at 120 four-year colleges in 40 states in 1993, 1997, 1999, and 2001."
Milne Library Data Collections
Locate and use numeric, statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data sets, find data management templates, find data repositories to house your own data and find tools for data visualization.
Data about U.S. States
Gallup State of the States
"...reveals state-by-state differences in political party affiliation, religiosity, consumer confidence, and job-market conditions, based on Gallup Poll Daily tracking data collected throughout 2008."
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Panel Study of Income Dynamics
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) series was begun in 1968 to fill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income and its changes. Longitudinal survey of US individuals and the families in which they reside.
National Conference of State Legislatures
Read about issues affecting state legislatures and access a list of state legislative websites by content area.
Measure of America
Based largely on the American Human Development Index (a GDP alternative) which comprises health, education, and income indicators.
U.S. State Sites & Info
For City-County Data, search American FactFinder's Community Facts.
Explore Census Data
Easy access to U.S. census data; coverage includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Begin with the Census Bureau (www.census.gov) for access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States as well as a wealth of other data.
The Sentencing Project
Data on crime, incarceration, and more.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Contains statistics for Criminal Justice Characteristics, Public Opinion, "Crime, Victims," "Arrests, Seizures," "Courts, Prosecution, Sentencing," and "Parole, Jails, Prisons, Death Penalty."
Search multiple UN statistical databases for a particular indicator or by country.
A compilation of international development indicators and socio-economic data.