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This guide is an introduction to to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).


Founded in 1962, The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international consortium of 759 academic and research organizations. ICPSR maintains a data archive of hundreds of thousands of political and social science research data files on a variety of subjects ranging from education to terrorism to gerontology.

In addition to providing access to these research data, ICPSR is a leader in research data community provided training in issues of research data management, data analysis, and social science research methods, and data access and data curation.

Accessing ICPSR Data

The University of Oregon is an ICPSR member institution.  As a member, UO Faculty, Students, and Staff have access to the majority of the data made available in the data archive.  Users should make a  My Data account. Accounts should e created either on campus or while using the VPN

Searching for Data

To search the ICPSR archive, go to the ICPSR home page and choose “Find Data” from the main menu OR Start Here.  On the “Find Data” page there are two main ways to search the ICPSR holdings:

  1. Search Engine: You can use keywords or type in a research question to find data on the topic in which you are interested.
  2. Browse: In the Browse box you will find various browsing options. For example, you can browse the archive by topic or by the geographical coverage of each study. Most of these data sets are publicly available, but others require you to fill out an application to request the data and submit a data protection plan. The libraries can assist you with requesting restricted-use data (for more information, click here).

Restricted Use Data

Thematic Collections

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