Social Science Datasets are collections of numeric data compiled by researchers that can be analyzed using statistical software programs, such as: Excel, Stata, SPSS, SAS and R.
If you are using Stata, The W&L Guide to Stata, co-authored by Professor Blunch and Carol Karsch, the Data & Statistical Specialist in Leyburn Library is a helpful resource that covers data management, running regressions and postestimation commands.
This guide lists many frequently used datasets arranged by subject area.
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an interdisciplinary database that includes many, many subject areas.
Depending upon your topic, data may be readily available or it may require some creative searching to locate it. In fact, it may be unavailable to you! This is why it pays to locate data sources very early in a research project.
Once you locate a potential source for the data,
If your searches fail to find a source for the data,