Many social science instruction and research activities focus on the analysis of statistical data from sources such as public opinion surveys, censuses, financial indicators, administrative and electoral records. The StatLab has a long history of collaboration with the Social Science Libraries and Information Services in providing a wide range of support for data users at Yale.
Need help in locating and acquiring appropriate data?
See the Data and Statistics in the social sciences subject guide.
The StatLab offers programming and extracting consultation for preparing and analyzing statistical data. A variety of software packages are available for recoding, transferring, and checking data prior to analysis. See the consultants' schedule for times to come into the StatLab for help.
Yale's primary source of social science data is the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSRs extensive catalog of data holdings may be searched at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu. Data and codebooks can be downloaded directly from the ICPSR website. If help is needed parsing the codebook or data, please see a statlab consultant for assistance.
Public Opinion Data
The Public Opinion Subject Guide lists resources for survey questions and responses,datasets, and published analysis.
The Social Science Library has a U.S. Census of Population and Housing subject guide. For more information on available US and international government documents please see Yale's Government Documents and Information Center website.