Listed below are sites that you may find useful in
locating data for your research. Some sites supply data that
has already been cleaned and aggregated to a state or
national level. Other sites contain "raw data" that has been
formatted for use in a statistical package like Stata. Your literature review should also give you
ideas for where to find data.
If you would like to discuss your data needs,
in addition to your professor, and the Peer Mentors,
John Tombarge, Leyburn Library's liaison for Economics,
Carol Karsch, the library's Data and Statistical
Research Specialist, are available for consultation. Drop by
or make a research appointment.
Comprehensive Sources With
Links by Topic Area
American Economic Association (AEA) -- Data
Resources for Economists
Great list of links geared toward data for economic
Contains links for U.S. & international data and
Internet Resources for Economists
site for all things dealing with economics.
University of Michigan Library Document Center
The University of Michigan Library
Document Center provides a huge, easy to search site of statistical sources. Topics
are arranged by categories. Links are annotated.
This could be a good place to browse around if you are
still trying to think of a thesis. There is a thorough
index on the left side of the main page in addition to
the categorical groupings.
Resources -- The Statistics and Data section is
towards the bottom of the page.
These sites have links to other
sites. Some sites supply aggregated data. Others give you access to "raw data."
Some contain national and international data.
Andrew K. Rose's Recent Research
Excellent source for national & international
trade data, including Gravity Models and Bilateral
Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social
W&L belongs to the Consortium, so faculty and students
can download data, however you'll need to create a user
log in before doing so. This is a vast source of national and international
microdata which is usually stored in Stata, SPSS or SAS formats.
Data can be converted between different formats, though
variable labels may be lost, depending upon the
the library's Data & Statistical Support Specialist for
assistance with this process.
The site contains a tutorial for finding and accessing
the data. This is especially useful if your download
contains "setup" files. It also has a searchable
database of over 41,000 documents that used ICPSR data
in the analysis.
Minnesota Population Center
- Integrated Public Use Microdata Series USA (IPUMS)
Site for integrated historical and current population data.
The USA site contains harmonized data from the 1850 to
2005 censuses. The integrated nature of the
documentation and datasets facilitates
comparisons across years.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
Great source of data related to crime in the U.S. The
site contains over 700 datasets related to criminal
justice. This is one of the research areas covered by
Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia Library
Especially strong site for locating Virginia data.