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Data on the Web

General Resources

  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): DSL staff encourages you to try this source first. It is the largest and most often used resource for social science data. Their data holdings cover a broad range of disciplines, including political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, education, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, and law. For a general overview, login procedures and off-campus access for UO students/faculty/staff, please navigate our ICPSR pages using the Menu bar above.
  • UO Libraries Document Center: contains useful links to data sources by subject and by region.
  • Quandl: an online library of thousands of data sets. You must create an account to use the service but it is free.

CASIT Data Service’s Handouts by Subject

CASIT Data Services has prepared the following handouts for presentations and seminars on data sources specific to various disciplines.

Data sources–Sociology

Data sources–Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Oregon Data

U.S. Data

Private Sector Data

  •, Data
  • Crunchbase, Data: non-commercial use of data is permitted (eg. academic usage). The data sets include information about over 40,000 start-ups and companies.

International Data

  • International Monetary Fund, Data and Statistics: the World Economic Outlook Databases are public use data; CASIT Data Services subscribes to the International Financial Statistics and the Direction of Trade Statistics on DVD (contact us for access); the UO Libraries subscribe to the IMF eLibrary Data online service.
  • United Nations, UNdata
  • World Bank, World DataBank
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Statistics: clicking any of the links under the “Catalogue of Indicators” bar on the right side of the screen will take you to a searchable database.

Unique Data

Digital Humanities Resources

Data Useful for Class Projects

  • Journal of Statistics Education: Excellent resources for statistics courses. Contains data sets on a variety of subject areas that can be easily downloaded and opened (under ‘Data Archive’ tab on the menu to the left). Also provides excellent documentation on the data sets available.

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