Steps for Downloading Data
Review the View Study Description, also known as Description & Citation for even more details about the study and its files.
Use the Browse Documentation link to decide if the study fits your information needs.
Once you download your dataset(s) you will need to open the files for analysis. Using the downloaded data requires some basic knowledge of statistical analysis software and techniques. If you need assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
For many of the datasets, you will be able to download the data in SPSS, Stata, SAS or ASCII formats.
What if you have to use setup files?
Some datasets come with a data file and a set up file. In some cases only the ASCII format is available (a generic file format).
Setup files allow you to read the ASCII data files into your statistical software package. These files contain the syntax or program code to read the ASCII data and read it into statistical software. ICPSR currently provides setup files for SAS, SPSS, and Stata.
What to do if there is no setup file?
Where Can You Use Statistical Software?
There are several locations where you have access to statistical analysis software.
Where Can You Get Help with Using ICPSR and Statistical Software?
Contact the Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) for assistance with using ICPSR, its datasets, and opening and using them in statistical software.
Some studies in the ICPSR data archive are available for online analysis. What does this mean? You can perform some basic statistical analysis or cross-tabulations on your datasets.
Browse list of data that can be analyzed online
If you find the data collection you need, click the Analyze Data. Remember to login using your MyData Account.
There are two different ways to analyze data online: SDA or StatSnap.
StatSnap can do frequencies or cross-tabulations (cross-tabs).
SDA has full analysis capabilities and allows you to run frequencies or cross-tabs.
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