ASA Section on Methods -
American Sociological Association Section on Methods maintained at the University
of Michigan with committee information and other news. The purpose of the
Section on Methodology is to foster the development of this aspect of
sociology through the organized interchange of ideas and research results.
ASA Section on
Mathematical Sociology - The purpose of the Mathematical Sociology
Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is to encourage,
enhance and foster research, teaching and other professional activities in
mathematical sociology, for the development of sociology and the benefit
of society, through organized meetings, conferences, newsletters,
publications, awards, and other means deemed appropriate by the Section
Council. The Section seeks to promote communication, collaboration, and
consultation among scholars in sociology in general, mathematical
sociology, and allied scientific disciplines.
Inc. - SPSS' solutions integrate and analyze marketing, customer and
operational data in key vertical markets
worldwide including: telecommunications, health care, banking, finance,
insurance, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, market research
and the public sector. Headquartered in Chicago, SPSS has more than 40
offices, over 900 employees and 1999 revenues of $140 million.
SAS Institute is the world's largest privately held software company.
Founded in 1976, SAS Institute is in its third decade of double-digit
annual growth -- a success fueled in large measure by our ongoing
commitment to research and development.
Statstics.com - Information about
statistics software (major packages like SAS, SPSS and S-PLUS, shareware
and smaller packages too), as well as about statistics analysis, data
analysis and short courses in statistics.
Institute for Research in Social
Science Public Opinion Questionaire Database - The Institute for
Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill maintains a variety of national and statewide public opinion poll
data which is available through their Data Holdings Catalog. Included is
the exclusive national depository for all survey data collected since 1965
by Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. The Harris Polls, together with the 7
additional public opinion surveys that make up the collection, are all
organized into IRSS's Public Opinion Questionaire Database which allows
any researcher connected to the Internet to view questions and frequency
distributions of state and national polls, as well as to perform a
complete keyword search of the entire Index.
Centre for Applied Social Surveys
- CASS is an ESRC Resource Centre run jointly by The National Centre for
Social Research and the University of Southampton, with the University of
Surrey. It provides short courses in survey methods and is
developing a survey Question Bank for use by social scientists and social
researchers in the academic world, government, market research and the
independent and voluntary sectors.
Consumer Expenditure Survey - This
program consists of two surveys—the quarterly Interview survey and the
Diary survey—that provide information on the buying habits of American
consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit
(families and single consumers) characteristics.
National Longitudinal Surveys -
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), sponsored and directed by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, gather detailed
information about the labor market experiences and other aspects of the
lives of six groups of men and women. Over the years, a variety of other
government agencies, such as the National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development, the Department of Defense, and the Department of
Education, the Department of Justice, the National Institute on Drug
Abuse, and the National School to Work Office, have funded components of
the surveys that provided data relevant to their missions.
Greenfield Consulting Group -
Founded in 1983, Greenfield Consulting Group is the leading qualitative
consultancy in North America servicing consumer and business-to-business
globally across all product and service categories.
Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Study - the Cebu Longitudinal Health
and Nutrition Survey is part of an
ongoing study of a cohort of Filipino women who gave birth between May 1,
1983 and April 30, 1984. The CLHNS was originally conceptualized as a
study of infant feeding patterns, particularly the overall sequencing of
(i.e., of both milk and non-milk items), the various factors affecting
feeding decisions at each point in time, and how different feeding
patterns affect the infant, mother, and household.
Longitudinal Monitoring Survey - The RLMS is a series of nationally
representative surveys examining
the health and economic welfare of the Russian Federation. The Russia
Longitudinal Monitoring Survey,
Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
The China Health
and Nutrition Survey - The China Health and Nutrition Survey was
designed to examine the
effects of the health, nutrition, and family planning policies and
programs implemented by national and local governments and to see how the
social and economic transformation of Chinese society is affecting the
health and nutritional status of its population. The Carolina Population
Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Institute
of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive
Medicine are pleased to announce the availability of data from the 1989,
1991 and 1993 China Health and Nutrition Survey.
The Heath and Retirement Study and the
Asset and Health Dynamic Among the Oldest Old - The Health and Retirement
Study (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) are
nationally representative longitudinal data collections that examine
retirement and the aging of society. Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Sponsoring Organization: National Institute on Aging
Data Collection Organization: Institute for Social Research, University of
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Willis Study of Assets and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD)
Sponsoring Organization: National Institute on Aging Data Collection
Organization: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Willis
The National Election Studies -
The mission of the National Election Studies (NES) is to produce high
quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation that
serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, and
policy makers concerned with the theoretical and empirical foundations of
mass politics in a democratic society.
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics
- The PSID is a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of US
individuals and the families in which they reside. It has been ongoing
since 1968. The data are collected annually, and the data files contain
the full span of information collected over the course of the study. PSID
data can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intergenerational
analysis and for studying both individuals and families.
The Gallup Poll - The Gallup
Organization is one of the world's largest management consulting firms.
Gallup's core expertise is in measuring and understanding human attitudes
and behavior. Gallup applies this expertise to help companies improve
business performance by leveraging their employee and customer assets.
Gallup also conducts The Gallup Poll, the world's leading source of public
opinion since 1935.
The Census Bureau's Tiger Mapping
Service - the TIGER Map Service, a project sponsored by the U.S.
Bureau of the Census. The goal of this service is to provide a public
resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps of anywhere in the
United States, using public geographic data.
Resources for Social
Researchers - This page is maintained by Kevan Edwards a graduate
student in the department of sociology at the University of Minnesota.
These links provide you with avenues to sources of information that may
prove very usefull to sociologists and others interested in social issues
or sociological activitites.
Research Resources for the Social
Sciences - A central jumping off point for literature and data searching
for sociologists and serious students in related disciplines. Developed in
a graduate research design seminar at Carleton University in Ottawa and
now a commercial site in partnership with McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
National Center for Educational
Statistics - series of related educational data sets from the U.S.
Department of Education. Includes elementarty, secondary, postsecondary,
longitudinal studies, library surveys, educational assessments,
international comparisons, and program areas.
New Zealand Social Science Research
Data and Information Services Centre - The New Zealand Social Research
Data Archives is seeking to encourage the establishment of a New Zealand
Social Science Research Clearing House. The kinds of services such a
centre would provide are illustrated below. The New Zealand Social
Research Data Archives itself is currently located at Massey University,
Palmerston North, New Zealand. The Centre's activities would be divided
into eight sections: 1.New Zealand Social Science Associations/Organisations
2.New Zealand Social Research Data Archives 3.New Zealand Social Research
Information Database Services 4.New Zealand Social Research Electronic
Publishing Services 5.New Zealand Social Research Electronic Lists
6.Gateway to Social Science Overseas
7.New Zealand Social Sciences Research and Directory Information Services
8. International Data Archives
Data and Program Library Service Home
Page - Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) is the central
repository of data collections used by the social science research
community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its mission is to
promote academic research by facilitating the use of secondary research
Patterns, 1977-1994 The County Business Patterns data base
provides county, state, and national level business data for 1977-1995.
Statistics include number of establishments, payroll (annual and 1st
quarter), number of employees, and number of establishments by size class
for 2 digit SIC industry groupings. The data is collected annually by the
Bureau of the Census and this collection is housed at the University of
ICPSR Homepage - The
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR),
located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of
Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving
member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. ICPSR
provides: Access to the world's largest archive of computerized social
science data; Training facilities for the study of quantitative social
Resources for social scientists using advanced computer technologies.
World Health Organization Statistical
Information System - The purpose of this WHOSIS website (WHO
Statistical Information System) is to describe - and to the extent
possible provide access to - statistical and epidemiological data and
information presently available from the World Health Organization and
elsewhere in electronic or other forms. Most WHO technical programmes make
information available to the public. The WHOSIS allows the user to search
by keywords through the entire WHO website, and globally throughout the
Centre - This collection of on-line databases and of custom built search
and retrieval programs is maintained by Computing in the Humanities and
Social Sciences (CHASS) at the University of Toronto. Access restrictions
do apply. For more information, see List of Databases at CHASS.
Socio-Economic Panel and PSID-GSOEP Equivalent Data File - The
German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) is a German national treausure. It is
a representative longitudinal data set of persons, households, and
families in the Federal Republic of Germany. Panel sections have focused
on changing household composition, employment, income, assets, and job and
regional mobility. In addition, it contains information on education,
health, leisure, satisfaction, and self worth.
GEOSTAT -- Geospatial &
Statistical Data Center - Geostat supports a wide range of academic
scholarly activities through access to extensive collections of numeric
and geospatial data files; computing facilities and software for data
manipulation, research, and instruction; and a suite of
Internet-accessible data extraction tools located at the University of
Office of Population Research at
Princeton University - data archive includes American and European
fertility and mortality, health surveys in less developed countries, Latin
American and Southeast Asian data archives, and fragile families and child
Data and Program Library Service -
The Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) is the central repository of
data collections used by the social science research community at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its mission is to promote academic
research by facilitating the use of secondary research materials. To
fulfill this mission the library acquires, preserves and facilitates
access to social science data resources, provides reference and technical
services to researchers, and assists in the archiving of locally produced
Emory University Electronic
Data Center - The Electronic Data Center was established in 1996
to support quantitative research in the Social Sciences by members of the
Emory Community and provides researchers at Emory with access to a broad
collection of numeric data, workstations with statistical and mapping
software and a knowledgeable staff with expertise in data development and
quantitative research. The Electronic Data Center at Emory University is
one of a handful of full-service Data Centers among universities in the
History of the Dutch in Quebec - by Johanna H. Lowensteyn - The
study analyses the history of people of Dutch origin in the province of
Quebec in terms of settlement patterns, immigration experience, economic
and socio-cultural development and integration. Attention is given to the rural/urban
distinction, and push and pull factors are assessed during the three
periods under consideration: the "Loyalist" period, 1900-1945,
and 1946 onward.
Religion Data Archive - free resource available to researchers
interested in quantitative data on American religion. The ARDA was
established to meet four goals: Preserve data; Improve access to data;
Increase the use of data; Allow comparisons across data files.
Australian National University - Social
Science Data Archives (SSDA) - The Social Science Data Archives
(SSDA), located in the Research School of Social Sciences at the
Australian National University, was set up in 1981 with a brief to collect
and preserve computer-readable data relating to social, political and
economic affairs and to make the data available for further analysis. Data
sets resulting from research by academic, government and private
organisations and individuals have been deposited in the Archives, and
further deposits are actively sought.
ESRC Data Archive - The Data Archive
at the University of Essex houses the largest collection of accessible
computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities in the United
Kingdom. It is a national resource centre, disseminating data throughout
the United Kingdom and, by arrangement with other national archives,
Estonian Social Science Data
Archive - The Estonian Social Science Data Archives(ESSDA) is an
interdisciplinary center that functions as the national data bank. ESSDA
forms a constituent part of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Tartu
University. The chief goal of ESSDA is to contribute to the
maintenance and reutilization of social information that has been gathered
in Estonia as well as the integration of Estonia into the international
exchange of social science data.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Social
Sciences Data Archive (SSDA) - The Social Sciences Data Archive (SSDA)
of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University, collects,
preserves and distributes data of interest to the academic community. The
SSDA now houses approximately 1000 datasets including national sample
survey data, local studies, census microdata as well as government records
in selected fields and macroeconomic series. A detailed catalog as well as
the macro databanks are available through this web-site.
Princeton University Data and
Statistical Services - The Data Library includes extensive holdings
for Economic Time Series and U.S. Census Data, and a range of other
subject areas spanning historical and contemporary events, factual and
opinion-oriented studies, and single and multiple country coverage.
SESTAT - The SESTAT Integrated
Databases each contain records on over 100,000 college graduates with an
education and/or occupation in a natural science, social science or
engineering field currently representing about 12 million scientists and
engineers in the United States. Also available is a database from the 1993
National Survey of College Graduates with 149,000 records covering about
29 million college graduates in the United States regardless of the degree
Sociological Data Archive - The
archive brings together data files from sociological research originating
in the framework of the research projects of the Institute of Sociology,
Czech Academy of Sciences, data files originating on the basis of
state-financing in other institutes conducting sociological research, data
files from accessible public opinion research projects, and data files
obtained on the basis of agreement on the exchange of data for pedagogic
and research purposes.
Sociometrics Corporation - The
Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library is a premium health
and social science resource that consists of six topically focused data
archives. (1) AIDS/STD 11 Studies, 20 Data Sets, 14,400+ variables; (2)
DISABILITY in the U.S. 16 Studies, 29 Data Sets, 15,800+ variables; (3)
AMERICAN FAMILY 14 Studies, 36 Data Sets, 20,000+ variables; (4)
ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY &PREGNANCY PREVENTION 150 Studies, 234 Data Sets,
60,000+ variables; (5) AGING 3 Studies, 22 Data Sets, 19,400+ variables;
(6) MATERNAL DRUG ABUSE 7 Studies, 13 Data Sets, 5,000+ variables.
Swedish Social Science Data Service - The
Archive of SSD receives, processes and distributes data from researchers
and research institutes at Swedish universities,Swedish public agencies
and several Swedish private data producers in the area of public opinion
researach. The Archive also receives and distribute within Sweden the same
kind of data from more than 130 countries available through collaboration
agreements with similar academic service organizations and through a national
membership of Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social
Research at University of Michigan.
Thematic Search Tool
for Research in Social Statistics - The Thematic Search is intended to
assist persons who want to know whether Statistics Canada has information
on a given subject, and if so which survey(s) collected it (since 1985).
This extensive information base consists of text only and is organized
into fairly lengthy sections each describing, in detail, individual
surveys: what variables or subjects did it collect data for; what
definitions are used, what methodology or questionnaire was used; what are
the data quality indicators; how are the data files structured and what
they contain, what published output from the survey is available; where
and from whom can additional information be obtained (for example, about
options in terms of obtaining the raw data, microdata files or having
special tabulations run).
UC DATA - UC DATA is UC Berkeley's
principal archive of computerized social science and health statistics
information and is a part of the University's Survey Research Center.
Census Information Gateway - Welcome to the UK Census help and
information website. These pages contain information about Census datasets
and products, publications, links to the academic Census Units and other
organisations, and information on progress towards the next Census in
2001. These pages have been set up under the aegis of the Census Advisory
Committee to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and are
maintained by the academic Census Units which were established under the
ESRC/JISC 1991 Census Initiative. The intention is to provide an
interconnected information resource on all matters relating to census
research, dissemination, support and future planning.
World Database of Happiness
- The World Database of Happiness is an ongoing register of scientific
subjective appreciation of life. The Database consists of the following
Bibliography of Happiness: Presents all contemporary scientific
publications. Detailed subject-classification. Current content: 3277
titles, mainly in English. On this site the bibliography can be browsed on
first author and subject. Full
database in MS ACCESS available on request.
Catalog of Happiness in Nations: Presents responses to questions on
happiness in national survey studies. Allows trend analysis. Current
content: 1494 surveys in 100 nations, 1946-2000. Subsets can be browsed on
this site. Full data is available for downloading in a relational database
under MS ACCESS.
Catalog of Happiness Correlates: Presents abstracts of correlational
research findings. Detailed subject-classification. Allows comparison
through time and across nations. Current contents: 6290 findings from 662
studies in 97 nations, 1911-1997. On this site the catalog can be browsed
by subject. Searches in full database are made on request.
Directory of Happiness Investigators: Names and addresses of most authors
on the subject. Enumerates years of publication. Current content: 3334
records. Available on request to peer researchers.
Resources for Methods in
Evaluation and Social Research - This page lists FREE resources for
methods in evaluation and social research. The focus is on
"how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys,
focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Most of these links
are to resources that can be read over the web. A few, like the GAO books,
are for books that can be sent away for, for free (if you live in the US),
as well as read over the web. From my friend Gene Shackman.