Search results in ICPSR are presented in a table with multiple tabs:
Results can be refined by using the filters on the left side of the screen. Available filters will vary across tabs.
Once you identify a dataset to answer your research questions, you can download the dataset to analyze with your own software, or you can use the online data analysis system for a selection of the ICPSR datasets.
Search using the name of a survey, principal investigator or by subject and/or keyword. Search terms can be anywhere in the study: title, description, variables, etc.
Using at least two query terms is recommended:
Use as many as required to achieve your desired results:
elementary education federal funding
The search will retrieve derivatives of your query terms:
"nation"will find results for "national"
Use quotes to search for an exact expression:
You can combine exact expressions with loose terms:
"united states" inmates
Exclude results by using a MINUS sign:
elections -sweden -germany will exclude Swedish and German election studies
Search the Social Science Variables Database (SSVD) enables ICPSR users to examine and compare variables and questions across studies or series.
The SSVD currently includes over 5 million variables, representing about 76% of ICPSR's holding.
Compare Variables Instructions:
What's in There? Searching by Variable at ICPSR (47:04)
Browse data options are on the Find Data page. Options include: