Oct 22, 2008

How do I find data at ICPSR?

If you know what you are looking for....

If you know the name of the dataset or study you are looking for, the best strategy is to type the name or a portion of the name in the search box that appears on every page on the ICPSR Web site. If searching on a two-word concept, remember to surround it with quotes.

If you know the topic area you are interested in ....

If you know you are interested in a general topic area such as aging or crime, you have several options:

  • Review the ICPSR topical archive list, found on the right hand side of ICPSR's front page. These special archives focus on a variety of topics including aging, crime, demography, and race and ethnicity. These archives have special search facilities to help you find appropriate datasets.

  • Consult the ICPSR Browse classifications. These categories will in general yield a large result set that you can then narrow.

  • Use the ICPSR Thesaurus. These are finer-grained controlled subject terms structured in a systematic way. Note that the subject terms in all study descriptions are also clickable, expanding the potential for more data discovery.

If you know where you want data from....

If you interested in a particular geographic location, see our interactive world map. Click on a country (or a US state in another map available on the site) to find a dataset from that region. You can refine your search once you find the list of datasets for your place of interest.

If you still don't know....

Use the many browse options on the Data Search and Browse guide to help you find data.