SOC 397 Social Research Methods: ICPSR Data
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 filters to the left (subject terms, geography, time period, funding agency, etc). You can also select how your results are sorted; the default is relevance, but you can choose other means of sorting, such as "most cited" in ICPSR's bibliography).
The Individual Data Set Record
The individual records in ICPSR are very detailed; you can download the data, usually in multiple formats, access all associated documentation, find citations of publications that have used the data set, and more.
The DOI is the URL you should use to get back to this data set and when citing it. You can also click on "cite this study," but keep in mind you might need to adjust it somewhat to fit the citation style you are using.
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.
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 (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/support/faqs/2008/10/why-and-how-should-i-cite-data).