The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
(ICPSR) is a consortium of over 500 colleges and universities around
the world that maintains and provides access to archives of social
science data. In addition to preserving the data, ICPSR provides
training and support to users in identifying and using data relevant to
their research projects. ICPSR sponsors summer courses and workshops on
such topics as "Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity,"
"Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data," "Project on
Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods," and much more. For more
information about ICPSR and their programs, see the ICPSR Web Site.
The data are in the form of data files which can be used with
statistical software such as SAS and SPSS. These software applications
are available at Vassar through Citrix.
What Kinds of Data are Available from ICPSR
ICPSR acquires data in core social science disciplines such as
political science, sociology, and demography, and in topical archives
on themes such as Aging and Health, Child Care and Education, and
Criminology and Criminal Justice. Collections come from individual
institutions and foundations and government agencies, among other
sources. The ICPSR Thesaurus lets you identify subjects, personal
names, and geographic names to use when you search the database.
How Do I Access ICPSR Data?
Simply login to ICPSR Direct.
You can search the ICPSR website for datasets or contact ICPSR directly
if you need assistance. There are tutorials available on the ICPSR
website to help you get started at "Data User Help Center". For more information, contact Barbara Durniak, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Uses ICPSR at Vassar?
Any member of the Vassar community may use the ICPSR data. It is
currently being used by faculty in the Political Science Department.
Is There a Charge for Downloading ICPSR Data?
There is no charge for downloading data from ICPSR.