Use this guide to identify data sources to use for data analysis projects in which you need to analyze some data with software such as Excel, SPSS, or Stata. In these cases, you typically need to use microdata, which is data on "the characteristics of units of a population such as individuals, households, or establishments, collected by a census, survey, or experiment" (OECD).
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Need ideas for your analysis? Search ICPSR's Bibliography of Data-related Literature. This resource indexes research articles that have used ICPSR data sets in their analysis. If you find an article of interest, you can try to replicate the results.
Note: once you locate an article, you will need to search the library to check if it subscribes and to get to the full-text.
Datasets used in the articles are available through ICPSR.