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Find/Use Data: ICPSR

Learn how to find and use data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

What is ICPSR?

ICPSR is the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and is the world's largest social science data archive.  It maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences and is an international consortium of over 700 academic institutions and research organizations. George Mason University has an institutional membership to ICPSR.

Getting Started

Datasets archived at ICPSR are formatted for use with statistical software such as SPSS, SAS and Stata, etc.  Some datasets can be analyzed online through the Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) system.

Before you begin your search, you need to set up an online account through the ICPSR Website. You can also sign in to ICPSR using your Google or Facebook account information.

ICPSR FAQ on logging in.

Even if you are accessing the ICPSR site from on campus, you will still be asked to login using your personal account.  You are usually asked to login at the point of download.  A nice feature of the account is that it keeps track of past datasets you've downloaded.

To create an account, access the ICPSR Website through the ICPSR links on the library's homepage (such as this one), or from a computer on campus.  ICPSR will recognize you as a George Mason affiliate and you will then have the ability to create your own MyData account.

Much of the content in this guide refers to the ICPSR Help pages.

Getting Help

Need help finding and using data from ICPSR?  Help is available. 

Contact Wendy Mann, Head, Data Services
Email:  wmann@gmu.edu  |  Phone: (703) 993-5272

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