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ICPSR Overview

What is ICPSR?

ICPSR This is a link to another web site is an international consortium of over 500 research universities of which Kent State University is a member. Through its membership, Kent State students and faculty have immediate access to a searchable archive This is a link to another web site of social science data suitable for undergraduate and graduate instructional use as well as for basic research.

It is important to note that ICPSR data sets are designed for conducting statistical analysis, not for looking up specific statistics. For specific statistical information, consult the Libraries' Statistical Sources page.

What is Available through ICPSR

Holdings in ICPSR encompass a range of academic disciplines, including political science, sociology, demography, history, economics, international relations, gerontology, public health, criminal justice, and education. Data collections consist of raw, unanalyzed data files, and codebooks. ICPSR data sets can be downloaded directly to a user's computer for use with statistical software such as SPSS or SAS. In some cases, SPSS or SAS setup files are available as well.