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What is ICPSR?
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an organization of member institutions that support the acquisition and preservation of social science data, to provide open and equitable access, and to promote effective data use, by:
- maximizing access to research data for analysis and publications
- providing data management & curation services to fulfill grant requirements and assure long-term viability of research data
- educating and training current & future research methodologists & data scientists
ICPSR is the world's largest archive of computer-readable social science data including education, public health, sociology, political science, criminal justice, history, and economics, and more.
While the ICPSR holdings include several time series and other types of aggregate data, the holdings consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses, and administrative records.
openICPSR is a research data-sharing service that allows depositors to rapidly self-publish research data, enabling the public to access the data without charge -- or in the case of restricted-use data, for nominal charge. openICPSR is undergoing development and is currently free for all users to share their data up to a 2GB limit.
Get Help with Data
FAQ for using ICPSR.
Using ICPSR for Research and Publication
Locate data through a variety of search options to,
- Find data for secondary analysis
- Find data for replication studies
- Evaluate or analyze data
- Locate what has been published already using the data
New/Updated Studies in ICPSR
Guide inspired by Pam Morgan's ICPSR LibGuide, Vanderbilt University.