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Data Analytics: Data Resources

Data Analytics

Index to Data Sources

Data Citation Index

Indexes data studies and datasets across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and links the datasets/studies with published literature.


Web-based research tool that provides fast and easy access to data from licensed and public domain datasets within a single interface.

Sources of Frequently Used Data Sets

Consumer Expenditure Survey

A Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey that collects information on the buying habits of U.S. consumers. The program consists of two components — the Interview Survey and the Diary Survey — each with its own sample. The surveys collect data on expenditures, income, and consumer unit characteristics. Dates:  1996 - 2014.  (Website)

General Social Survey

The GSS aims to gather data on contemporary American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes.  Dates 1972 - 2014. (Website)

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Waves I-IV, 1994-2008 (Add Health)

A longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year with four in-home interviews, the most recent in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32.  Dates:  1994 - 2008.  (Website)

Panel Study of Income Dynamics

A longitudinal panel survey of American families, which measures economic, social, and health factors over the life course of families over multiple generations. Dates: 1968 - 2013.  (Website)

Survey of Consumer Finances

A triennial statistical survey of the balance sheet, pension, income and other demographic characteristics of families in the United States; the survey also gathers information on the use of financial institutions.  Dates:  1992 - 2013.  (Website)

Survey of Income and Program Participation

A survey designed to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the incomes of American individuals and households and their participation in income transfer programs.  Dates:  1984 - 2008.  (Website)

World Values Survey

global research project that explores people’s values and beliefs, how they change over time and what social and political impact they have.  Dates:  1981 - 2012.  (Website)

Terra Populus:  Integrated Data on Population and Environment

TerraPop integrates population census data from around the world with global environmental data, allowing users to obtain customized datasets that incorporate data from multiple sources in a single coherent structure.  Dates:  Varies.   (Website)