Paulos (firstname.lastname@example.org) is
the librarian serving as the ICPSR representative. He will be happy to
assist in acquiring data from ICPSR.
- Inter-University Consortium for
Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
The ICPSR archive
includes studies from the social sciences and related disciplines.
Since Carnegie Mellon is a member of ICPSR, faculty and students can
order data free of charge. Data files can be downloaded directly to
your on-campus workstation from the web site. From off-campus, you can
download data using
VPN. Most studies include electronic documentation files. Some
older studies only have print documentation at the present time but
eventually all studies will include electronic documentation. You can
to determine if the library already has a particular codebook. ICPSR
includes several specialized archives such as:
- Integrated Public Use Microdata
Series (University of Minnesota - Minnesota Population
Two groups of data are available. IPUMS-USA consists of
twenty-five samples of the American population drawn from the federal
censuses of 1850 to 1990. IPUMS assigns uniform codes across all the
samples and brings relevant documentation into a coherent form to
facilitate analysis of social and economic change. IPUMS-International
is a new project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data
from around the world. Its goals are to collect and preserve data and
documentation, harmonize data, and to disseminate the data absolutely
- International Federation of
Data Organizations (IFDO)
This site offers links to prominent
data archives throughout the world.
NESSTAR Explorer offers a free tool to find data across
organisational and national boundaries and for browsing and
downloading both data and metadata. Users must download the NESSTAR
Explorer software and register online to download data.
- The Pew Internet &
American Life Project
This research project provides data on
how the Internet affects Americans in many facets of their lives.
Original datasets will be made available on the web site, usually
about six months after publication of Project reports dealing with the
collected data. The site also offers information pertinent to gaining
Institutional Review Board approval.
- SDA: Survey Documentation &
Analysis (University of Berkeley)
Users can conduct such data
analyses as cross-tabulations, comparison of correlations, multiple
regressions, and more. The program also generates statistics, SPSS
& SAS data defintion statements, and codebooks. Studies available
for analysis include the General Social Surveys, National
Election Studies, Chicago African American Survey,
StatLib is a system
hosted by the Carnegie Mellon Statistics Department for distributing
statistical software, datasets, and information by electronic mail,
FTP, and the World Wide Web.
Statistical (Carnegie Mellon users only)
This database provides
electronic access to three important sources that index over 100,000
statistical publications. The ASI, SRI, and IIS components can be
searched individually or in combination. The Statistical Abstract
of the United States (1996-) is included in the ASI
search methods are available.
Tables takes you directly to individual tables containing your search
terms. Most tables are from federal government sources.
indexes and abstracts section enables a user to search the entire
contents of the database.
- CAUTION: Different search strategies are necessary for each
section. Power Tables uses very specific index terms; indexes and
abstracts utilize broader concepts. Using the "Subject List" for the
latter type of search will usually provide the best results.
The print editions of the ASI and SRI indexes and abstracts are
available in Hunt Reference. Hunt Library holds the full text of ASI
(1978-present) and SRI (1980-present) documents on microfiche. Some
international statistics can be located in the University Libraries by
searching the library catalog (CAMEO). Hillman Library (University of
Pittsburgh) holds the IIS microfiche collection.
from the U.S. Department of Commerce focuses upon business, economic,
and trade data. The State of the Nation section provides
various financial and economic data regarding the U.S. economy. The
GLOBUS & NTDB area contains current and historical
trade-related releases, international market research, trade
opportunities, country analysis, and the the National Trade Data Bank
- Census State Data
These centers are cooperative ventures between the
Census Bureau and state statistical offices. The Pennsylvania site
includes much of the data found in the Pennsylvania Abstract
and the County Data Books described below.
- County and City Extra. 1992-.
HA203 .C68 1992
Statistics cover population, households, births and
deaths, crime data, education, income, housing, labor force, economic,
government finance and election data for states, counties,
metropolitan areas, and cities.
- Pennsylvania Abstract. 1992-.
HA607 .P4 1992
Data covers population, housing, marital status,
employment and income, education, social services, state and local
taxes, crime and law enforcement, and sectors of the
- Pennsylvania County Data Book. 1985,
HUNT REF-1 HA607
Hunt Library holds volumes for the six
counties that make up the Pittsburgh metropolitan area -- Allegheny,
Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The
spiral-bound data books include information on demographics,
transportation, housing, income, and quality of life. Much of this
data is available through the Pennsylvania State Data Center web
- The Sourcebook of County Demographics.
HUNT REF-1 304.6 S7242A
This is an excellent source for
current information. Data is available on population, race, age
distribution, households, median income, disposable income by age, and
spending potential indexes.
- The Sourcebook of Zip Code Demographics.
HUNT REF-1 HA203 .S66 1990
This is an excellent source
for current information, especially for small areas. Data is available
on population, race, age distribution, households, median income,
disposable income by age, and includes spending potential indexes.
Some projections also are offered.
- Ameristat (Population Reference
Ameristat provides instant summaries, both graphically and
in text, of the demographic features of the U.S. population. Data can
be customized by users on such topics as population estimates and
projections, race and ethnicity, migration, income and poverty, the
elderly population, and more. The data also may be
links to more than 100 statistical agencies of the United States
government. The content and web interfaces are maintained by the
- Data and
Statistics – General Reference Sources (USA GOV)
- U.S. Census Bureau
Bureau site is the primary source for Census 2000 data. Much of the
data can be manipulated online and the results downloaded. In
addition, the Census Bureau provides population estimates and
projections, economic statistics, government finance data, and much
and Special Media Records (National Archives and Records
The National Archives maintains copies of
important federal government statistics for historical purposes. In
general, NARA's electronic records cannot be accessed online via the
- Office of Management and
Circular A-130 deals with data collection and
federal information resources issues. Government statisticians use
this document as a general guide in their work.
- Statistical Abstract of the United
HUNT REF-1 HA202
The Statistical Abstract is a compilation of statistics
published by the U.S. government and some private organizations. This
is a very useful starting point for statistical information as it
gives sources for all tables and frequently has time-series data. The
current edition is available on the U.S. Census Bureau web
- Global Statistics
The main kind of data you can find here is on the
population of regions, countries, provinces and cities. Next to that
there are some statistics on economic factors like wealth,
infrastructure and more. The site also contains historical data,
projections, rankings, and links to statistical agencies throughout
Provides links to statistical
agencies in numerous countries.
- Demographic Yearbook. 1951-. (annual)
HUNT REF-1 HA17 .D45 53 RD 2001
The Demographic Yearbook includes statistics on
population, natality, mortality, marriage, and divorce. More recent
editions are in HUNT REF-1.
- Monthly Bulletin of Statistics.
1947-. (monthly) [United Nations]
publication provides information on population, employment and
unemployment, industrial production, transport, prices, and finance.
- Statistical Yearbook. 1948-. (annual)
HUNT REF-1 HA12.5 .U63
HUNT BND JOUR-3
volumes cover population and social statistics, economic activity, and
international economic relations. More recent versions in HUNT REF-1.
- UNESCO Statistical Yearbook. (annual)
This series provides data on education, technology,
culture, and the media.
Almanac (Brad Myers)
The Almanac is a collection of numbers
relevant to computers, along with references. Topics include home
& work, speed, programming, internet, crime, etc.
- The Pew Internet &
American Life Project
Provides data on how the Internet affects
American in many facets of their lives.
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
(ICPSR) annually offers a Summer Program in
Quantitative Methods of Social Research. The program covers such
diverse areas as research design, statistics, data analysis, and social
methodology. Basic methodological and technical training is offered,
along with opportunities for advanced work in specialized areas. Courses
include four-week, one-week, and 2-to-5-day workshops. ICPSR announces
each summer's program in March and provides for online
Since Carnegie Mellon is an institutional member of ICPSR,
faculty and students are eligible for discounted registration rates.
Some classes are competitive and require a vita and cover letter as part
of the application process. The Bureau of Criminal Justice Statistics
sponsors the four-week workshop on Quantitative Analysis of Crime and
Criminal Justice and provides a stipend to cover expenses. ICPSR offers
a small amount of travel funds for other workshops.