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SOC 397 Social Research Methods: ICPSR Data


Please note: some data sets in ICPSR are restricted. Since PSU is member of ICPSR, you have access to these restricted sets; however, if you want to view and download data off-campus, you need to create an account with ICPSR while on-campus. Go to the "login/create account" link on the top left of the ICPSR site.

Tips for Finding Data at ICPSR

Two quick ways to search for data are

Once you have selected a topic or searched for a keyword, you can further narrow your results by using the filter to the right (geography, time period, author).

screenshot of ICPSR search

The Individual Data Set Record

ICPSR Data Set Record screen shot

Cite Your Data Set

It is increasingly important to cite your data sources, just like you would normally cite a journal article that you used to support your research.

How and Why Should I Cite Data?

Here is an example of a data set citation:

Johnston, Lloyd D., Jerald G. Bachman, Patrick M. O'Malley, and John E. Schulenberg. Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2007 [Computer File]. ICPSR22480-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-10-29. doi:10.3886/ICPSR22480

Example from ICPSR (