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In this section we provide links to useful, unique materials to aid you in your work.


Eve Fielder Library   The EFL contains bibliographic citations to a collection of survey methods publications and journals donated to the Data Archive by Eve Fielder, former Director of the ISSR Survey Research Center. The items are available for use in the Archive and can sometimes be borrowed.

Eve Fielder Library: Test Interface

Data on the Web   DOTW was conceived of and originally built by Jim Jacobs, former Data Archivist at the University of California, San Diego. This site is being revised and refined but the original version can still be used. A description on the DOTW site reads "Search or browse our listing of 363 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more. "

ISMF Mobility Data Index   The ISMF project was a joint effort among faculty at UCLA and Utrecht University and the Data Archive at UCLA to identify a collection of datasets used in the study of cross-national, intergenerational social stratification and mobility. The index can be searched by country, study title and keyword. The International Stratification and Mobility File is a collection of harmonized sample survey data with information on social stratification and social mobility, in particular respondent's and parent's social statuses (education, occupation). Further details about the ISMF are included on this site.

ISMF Mobility Data Index: Test Interface

Support and Tutorials

Instructional Support  Here you will find the resources we think are helpful in using data in instruction, in identifying publicly available datasets to use in teaching, and links to sources in statistical literacy and definitions of statistical terms and tecniques.

Preserving Your Data  This site provides you with information on why and how to ensure the long term viability of your research data. There are links to best practices, guides to data preparation, archives where you can deposit your data.

Data Sharing and Responsible Use  This web site provides help on how to demonstrate responsible data use. There are details on what to do to share or deposit your own data collections, and how to apply for grants to collect or use data in research. There are guidelines on what to keep in mind in completing online data use registrations, executing licence agreements, and on what is needed for a data protection plan. There is also information on the use of data for instruction and in courseware.

Data Archive Tutorial  In this section of the Archive web site we provide details on how to make bibliographic citations, how to search for data, understanding and using codebooks and a very beasic introduction in using data in quantitative research.

U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Adjusted 2000 Census Data
U.S. Bureau of the Census Home Page
Census 2000 Resources
Census 2000 at ICPSR

Census Blogs and Discussion

Census KML Data Visualization - focus is on using US Census data and GIS.

GIS @ Vassar - how to make maps and use basic GIS packages

The American Community Survey vs. the Decennial Census Long Form: Are We Better Off Now Than We Were a Decade Ago? John Blodgett, OSEDA, June, 2009 (From the Missouri Census Data Center)

Ten Things to Know about the American Community Survey (2005 Edition) (From the Missouri Census Data Center)

All About the American Community Survey (From the Missouri Census Data Center)

ACS Demographic Profile table generator (From the Missouri Census Data Center)

ACS Trends Profile table generator (From the Missouri Census Data Center)


Data Portals

American National Election Studies On March 6, 2001, the Secretary of Commerce decided that unadjusted data from Census 2000 should be used to tabulate population counts reported to states and localities pursuant to 13 U.S.C. 141(c) (see 66 FR 14520, March 13, 2001). These numbers are not official Census 2000 counts. These numbers are estimates of the population based on a statistical adjustment method, utilizing sampling and modeling, applied to the official Census 2000

Demographic and Health Surveys DHS surveys provide data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition.

Dwaine Marvick Research Collection Dwaine Marvick, 1923-1999 was a Political Science Professor at UCLA. He conducted research projects into attitudes and activities at several levels of politics in California, West Africa, India and Germany. This portal is a record of his publications, data sets and other materials. Please contact the Data Archive for more information about datasets.

Earthquake Survey Data from UCLA Earthquake related behavior is an important part of disaster research in California . Behavior during and immediately after earthquakes is influenced by a range of socioeconomic, situational, and social psychological factors. Here you will find survey data collected as part of research at the University of California , Los Angeles about the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of individuals in responding to earthquakes.

Eurobarometers Since 1973, the European Commission has been monitoring public opinion in the Member States. The surveys and studiescover European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defence, etc. Access to Eurobarometers is through ICPSR and there are two main websites dedicated to providing details about Eurobarometer data: the GESIS in Germany, and the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission.

General Social Survey  "The General Social Survey (GSS) conducts basic scientific research on the structure and development of American society with a data-collection program designed to both monitor social change within the United States and to compare the United States to other nations. The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings." (from the GSS website) Data access is provided through the GSS website and ICPSR.

Health and Retirement Study  "The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a source of longitudinal, cross-sectional data for researchers and policymakers who study aging. HRS surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years and studies the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The study has collected information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, and health care expenditures." (from the HRS website) Data access is availalbe from the HRS website and ICPSR.

IPUMS USA This is a project dedicated to collecting and distributing United States census data. The resources here allow you to make subsets of US Census data across censuses and for selections of variables or geography. "The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) consists of thirty-nine high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2006. Some of these samples have existed for years, and others were created specifically for this database. The thirty-nine samples, which draw on every surviving census from 1850-2000, and the 2000-2006 ACS samples, collectively comprise our richest source of quantitative information on long-term changes in the American population."

IPUMS International As with the IPUMS USA this project aims to make available census data from countries around the world. Census files are currently available for 35 countries.

International Social Survey Program (ISSP) The ISSP is a continuing annual program of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. GESIS Data Archive and Data Analysis, the ISSP data archive, is responsible for archiving, integrating data and documentation and for the distribution of the merged international datasets. Topics in the ISSP largely focus on Role of Government, Social Networks, Social Inequality, Family and Changing Gender Roles, Work Orientations, Religion, Environment, National Identity, Citizenship and Leisure Time and Sports. There are 45 member countries participating in the ISSP.

Life Histories and Social Change in Contemporary China, 1996 As part of the project "Life Histories and Social Change in Contemporary China," a national probability sample survey was conducted in the People's Republic of China during June-October1996. Interviews were completed for 6,090 Chinese adults, aged 20-69 (3,087 urban residents and 3,003 rural residents). As part of the fieldwork operation for the rural survey, a survey of 383 village leaders was also carried out, using the same questionnaire. The project was initiated in 1994 by Donald J. Treiman, UCLA, Ivan Szelenyi, then at UCLA and now at Yale, and Andrew Walder, then at Harvard and now at Stanford University, in cooperation with staff of the Department of Sociology, People's University, Beijing.

Lijpart Elections Archive The Lijphart Elections Archive is a static research collection of district level election results for approximately 350 national legislative elections in 26 countries that was maintained through 2003.

National Bureau of Economic Research Data Portal Provides access to a variety of data including macro level economic data, industry and international trade data, data on hospitals, vital statistics and demographic data, patents and other assorted topics. Most studies are available in a variety of statistical package formats and are ready to download. NBER also provides access to the Current Population Surveys, monthly and supplemental files.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) "is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with four in-home interviews, the most recent in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32. Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood. The fourth wave of interviews expanded the collection of biological data in Add Health to understand the social, behavioral, and biological linkages in health trajectories as the Add Health cohort ages through adulthood." (from the Add Health website) Data access is provided by ICPSR and Sociometrics.

Pew Internet and American Life Project Pew provide our raw data to scholars for their own research. This page contains links to the Project's survey datasets that are currently available in SPSS on this site. Data is presented in two forms: as an SPSS file and as cross tabulations of questions with some basic demographics in a Word file. The site contains a search feature for identifying available data sets by topic.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research "The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented." UCLA students, faculty and staff can search for entire polls or can search a question-level database called iPoll.

Social Stratification in Eastern Europe After 1989  "As part of the project "Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989," sample surveys were conducted in 1993 and 1994 in six countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Slovakia. Using a questionnaire common to all countries, national probability samples of approximately 5,000 members of the adult population were surveyed in five of the six countries in 1993. The data and documentation files are available to any interested researcher after registering.

Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library  This archive is a health and social science resource that consists of more than 200 studies comprising nine topically-focused collections including AIDS, disability, American families, adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention, aging, maternal drug abuse, child well-being and poverty, and complementary and alternative medicine.

Tools for Exploring Data  

This section contains links to interesting tools mostly for visualization of data; these are not intended to replace careful and scientifically valid statistical analysis of data but are provided as a supplement to engage users and encourage discussion.

Swivel Free portion of a site that lets you upload and graph data to share with others. Use it to search for data on a wide variety of topics.

Many Eyes Free site where you can upload and share datasets and do visualizations including maps, graphs, charts, histograms, scatterplots, tree diagrams, and tag clouds among others. Useful for locating data or visualizations on a variety of topics.

Data 360 Users can upload datasets or data visualizations to share with others. Searchable.

StatCrunch For a small fee you can upload datasets and do analysis. This might be helpful for students who do not want to pay for STATA or SPSS. There is an fairly extensive list of statistical analyses possible.

Visual Complexity  This site "intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web." You can do searches by topics and then read detailed descriptions of how and why the visualization was created and what it intends to show or describe.


Survey Research Resources

Methodspace This is essentialy a social network and blog for those involved in survey research using a variety of methods; quantitative, qualitative, mixed, etc. It is a place to learn about survey research methods events and to read journal articles. Requires a registration.

Survey Resources Network "The aim of the Network is to provide a coherent and integrated approach to the development of skills and knowledge, the dissemination of research findings and research resources, and the promotion of best survey practice." (from the SNR website) The site contans links to question banks, resources for gaining survey skills, resources on survey design and methods, and ongoing research on survey design methods.

American Association for Public Opinion Research Best Practices for Survey and Public Opinion Research. Provides and overview on the best practices for carrying out quality surveys. Includes topics on survey goals, sampling, design, question wording, pretesting, interviewer training, quality checks, response rates, analysis techniques, privacy and confidentiality, and disclosure of survey methods.

Roper Center Polling 101 "This tutorial is intended to offer a simplified glimpse into some of the fundamentals of public opinion polling. Designed for the novice, POLLING 101 provides definitions, examples, and explanations that serve to introduce interested students to the field of public opinion research." (From the Roper website)

American Statistical Association. What is a Survey? by Fritz Scheuren. "This "What is a Survey" booklet is written primarily for non-specialists and is free of charge. Its overall goal is to improve survey literacy among individuals who participate in NORC Surveys or use NORC survey results." To download a copy, click here.

The Survey Kit. Arlene Fink, ed. The Survey Kit contains 9 volumes covering all aspects of survey research. Volume titles include: The Survey Handbook, How to Ask Survey Questions, How to Conduct Self-administered and Mail Surveys, How to Conduct Interviews by Telephone and In-person, How to Design Surveys, How to Sample in Surveys, How to Measure Survey Reliability and Validity, How to Analyze Survey Data, and How to Report on Surveys. These volumes can be found in most university libraries.


Qualitative Data Resources

ESDS Qualidata

Resources for Content Analysis   This list was complied by Karl G. Hill at the University of Washington, School of Social Work. His site "provides links to web sites where one can find information (often including purchasing information) regarding content analysis software as well as other types of software that are often utilized by content analysts."

Software for Content Analysis – A Review   This is a concise and clear description of the types of software used in Content Analysis with recommendations based on the type of analysis desired.


Special ICPSR Resources

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys
Health and medical Care Archive
International Archive of Education Data
International Data Research Center
Minority Data Resource Center
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive
Terrorism and Preparedness Data Resource Center

UCLA Library Resources

The Library provides access to a variety of resources containing published tables, as well as reports and other prublications discussing statistical information. Searches of the Library's electronic resources are possible by keywords, subjects and type of resource. Visit the Library home page to find out more about the general collection. In addition, below are links to Library-hosted materials containing datasets that can be analyzed using statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA or SAS.


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