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Find Data & Statistics: Best Places to Start

Use this guide as a starting point for locating statistics or data on a topic.


Datastream has a huge range of global financial and economic data, Thomson Reuters custom information and charting.  If you are a new Datastream user, please make an appointment and/or view the tutorials first.  There is a large amount of data available in Datastream. The information and tutorials below will help you get started.

The Datastream workstation is set up to use the Datastream Excel Add-in and Datastream Advance.



The library has two access points to Datastream.  There is a dedicated Datastream workstation on the 1st floor of Fenwick Library. Go through the main entrance, walk past the main staircase, turn left, go through the double doors and the workstation is immediately to the right. 

There is another Datastream workstation at the Arlington Campus Library.  Datastream access is restricted to George Mason University users and a current student/staff/faculty Mason e-mail username and password is required for use.


Please contact Jo Ann Henson, Business and Economics Librarian for details and to determine whether or not Datastream is right for your research.

Data Accessible Only in the Library

These limited access data sets have licenses that restrict use to a single computer and prohibit linking through the library website. To use these data sources, please contact us. We have limited staff and we want to be sure that someone is available to help you. We can also make arrangements to get the data delivered to you (depending on what is needed). Use of these data sources is restricted to current George Mason University students, staff and faculty.

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Academic Community Supported Data Package

Location: DiSC Workstation
Carbon Disclosure Project. 2003 - 2013.

CDP's public data on self reported climate change, water and forest-risk data.  The purpose of this data set is for academic research only.  Data used to compile the CDP Program Reports.  Data are in Excel format.

Complete Economic and Demographic Data Source: CEDDS
Location: DiSC Workstation
Woods & Poole Economics.  2012.  

Data coverage is for all counties in the U.S.  Contains historical data from 1970 and projections to 2040 of population by age and race, employment by industry, earnings of employees by industry, personal income by source, households by income bracket and retail sales by kind of business. The data and projections are for all counties, states, MSAs, and regions in the U.S.  The data files contain more than sixteen million statistics.  Data provided in both ASCII and spreadsheet file formats. 

Current Population Survey. June Supplement. Marriage & Fertility
Location: DiSC Workstation
UNICON.  1971 - 2012. 

CPS Utilities provide compressed data, documentation, and extraction software for the Current Population Surveys. Contains the basic data and marriage and fertility supplements, including: fertility and birth expectations, immigration, marriage and birth history, child care, marital history, and emigration.

David Leip Election Data 
Location: DiSC Workstation

These very detailed election data sets, are compiled from official sources. The files are in Excel and .csv format and can be used with Microsoft Excel and related programs.

US House of Representatives General - County & Congressional District Level Vote Data, 1992 - 2014 (documentation). 

US Senate General - County Level Vote Data, 1990 - 2014 (documentation).

Euratlas Georeferenced Historical Vector Data
Location: DiSC Workstation

Georeferenced historical vector data of Europe for the year 1600. Contains 21 georeferenced maps. Data is for use with geographical information systems (GIS) software. Available in shapefile format.

GeoLytics Census Collection
Location: DiSC Workstation

Contain detailed population data from the American Community Survey, the decennial Census of Population and Housing, and other U.S. Census Bureau sources.  GeoLytics User Guides.

  • American Community Survey: 2011
  • Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB): 1970 - 2010.  Census tract-level variables and boundaries normalized to 2010 tract boundaries.  1970 - 2000 NCDB is normalized to Census 2000 tract boundaries.
  • Population Estimates Premium: 2000-2008. Please note that errors have been discovered in census tract and block group data for Mecklenberg County, NC on this product.​

Older GeoLytics titles will be installed upon request. E-mail to submit a request. Data will be available after 2 business days. Complete list of GeoLytics titles purchased by the library.

ITERATE: International Terrorism:  Attributes of Terrorist Events 
Location:  DiSC Workstation
Vinyard Software. 1968-2011

The ITERATE project is an attempt to quantify data on the characteristics of transnational terrorist groups, their activities which have international impact, and the environment in which they operate.  For additional data on terrorism, see:  Conflict Analysis and Resolution Datasets Guide.  Data are in spreadsheet format. See Research Note: Using the ITERATE Database for details.

Political Risk Services, Researcher Dataset: Composite Risk, Table 2B
Location:  DiSC Workstation
PRS. 2012 and 2013.

The International Country Risk Guide Researcher's Dataset - Composite Risk provides annual averages of the composite risk rating by county. Data are in spreadsheet format and are in addition to what is available through the library's ICRG subscription.  See library's subscription to the ICRG for information on country risk analysis and ratings. ICRG monitors 140 countries and provides financial, political, and economic risk information and forecasts

Data on Digital Media

The library owns several hundred CD-ROM and DVD electronic databases and data sets that were received through the Federal Depository Library Program or purchased in the past. Most of these titles are shelved in cabinets in the Government Documents area of the first floor, Wing C, Fenwick Library. A small subset of titles are located in the Digital Scholarship Center.

The CD-ROM/DVD titles along with location information are listed in the library catalog.  Please search the Library Catalog or ask us for help if you need to find a specific title.

Some highlights of the collection include:  Census of Population and Housing, Economic Census, reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, and more.

Almost all of these titles are not installed on our workstations.  Please contact us for access. If you know in advance you will need access to a specific title, contact DiSC and allow at least 2 business days for installation.

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