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Tutt Library Research Guides
General Data Sources
Consider which government, agency or organization might collect data on your topic.
Also consider the time period -- current or historical -, and the format -- table to print or data to download.
Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present
- annual time series of population, economic indicators, social conditions, and government
ICPSR: International Consortium for Political and Social Research
Coverage: N/A. Provides large data sets such as public opinion polls, attitude surveys, health information, results of research projects. Data may require use of specialized software such as SPSS or SAS.
Roper Center for Public Opinion iPoll
Coverage: 1935 to present. U.S. and international poll data on social issues, politics, pop culture, international affairs, and more. Replaces Gallup Brain subscription.
U.S. Data Sources
Don't forget to cite your data sources.
APA Style Manual - ONline Data Sets
Point readers to raw data by providing a Web address (use "Retrieved from") or a general place that houses data sets on the site (use "Available from").
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2008). Indiana income limits [Data file]. Retrieved from http://www.huduser.org/Datasets/IL/IL08/in_fy2008.pdf
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