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Find Data for Analysis

Popular sources for accessing research data sets for dissertations or class projects

Find Qualitative Data

Large Data Archives

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research): Contains mixed methods and qualitative research studies available for download.

UK Data Archive Open Access Qualitative DataThe UKDA provides the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK.

Focused Collections

American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: Contains several special projects such as the Veterans History Project, the Civil Rights History Project, StoryCorps and more.

Henry A. Murray Research Archive A repository for quantitative and qualitative research data that includes data, audio, and video.

Irish Qualitative Data Archive: A central access point for qualitative social science data generated in or about Ireland.

Syracuse Qualitative Data Repository: QDR stores digital data generated and analyzed through qualitative and multi-method research.

Case Studies

SAGE Research Methods and Cases Online: Includes a searchable collection of case studies of real social research, commissioned and designed to help users understand abstract methodological concepts in practice.

Find a Repository

re3data: Registry of research data repositories. Search for repositories by broad topic area to identify a data archive that contains qualitative information.

Find Research Studies

For help finding qualitative data in published research studies or articles, contact your subject librarian.

More about Qualitative Methods

Qualitative research is a methodology that can be applied to textual data. In Digital Humanities, the term would be "close reading" (as compared to "distant reading" like text mining).