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Add Health Study - National Longitudinal Study Of Adolescent Health

Add Health is a panel data study of American 7-12th graders during the 1994-1995 school year. It focused on social factors that influenced their health. The Add Health cohort was interviewed again in early adulthood.
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Afrobarometer

The Afrobarometer project contains household survey data from 19 African nations. Individual country files are available as are merged datasets that allow for cross nation comparisons.
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American National Election Studies

Access to high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation that serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists. Cross-sectional, time series and panel datasets are available
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Current Population Survey

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households in the U.S. that provides cross-sectional data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, earnings, etc.
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Data.gov

Developing into a central source for U.S. Federal Executive Branch data tools and "raw" datasets, with extensive descriptions of collections, formats, etc.
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Demographic And Health Surveys

The site contains more than 240 surveys from 85 countries. Topics include: fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDS, malaria and nutrition.
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Direction Of Trade Statistics (DOT) CD-ROM

The DOT database is available on CD-ROM at the Information Desk. The Direction of Trade Statistics provides import and export statistics between partner countries. The current disk provides data back to 1980 and second disk provides data from 1948 to 1979.
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Education Data Analysis Tool - EDAT

eDAT allows you to download the following education datasets: ECLS-K (Early Childhood Longitudinal Study) ELS (Education Longitudinal Study of 2002) NELS (National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988) NHES (National Household Education Survey)
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Eurobarometer

The Standard Eurobarometer surveys are cross-sectional public opinion surveys conducted to obtain data on social and political attitudes in European countries. A number of trend questions are repeated over time so that time series analysis is possible. The Manneheim Eurobarometer is a harmonized cumulative file of trend questions asked between 1970 and 2002.
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FREDŽ (Federal Reserve Economic Data)

FREDŽ (Federal Reserve Economic Data) is a database of over 18,000 U.S. economic time series. With FREDŽ you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series.
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General Social Survey - GSS

"The GSS contains a standard 'core' of U.S. demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. The GSS takes the pulse of America, and is a unique and valuable resource. It has tracked the opinions of Americans over the last four decades."
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Health And Retirement Study

The Health and Retirement Study contains panel data on the lives of older Americans. The study has data on: income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning and health care expenditures.
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Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)

Integrated U.S. census data from 1850 to 2000 and the American Community Surveys from 2000-2008. IPUMS assigns uniform codes across all the samples to facilitate analysis.
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Inter-University Consortium For Political And Social Research (ICPSR)

"Search and browsing access to abstracts and data sets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data." For assistance in acquiring data-sets, contact Carol Hansen Karsch.
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Living Standards Measurement Study

The Living Standards Measurement Study provides cross-sectional household survey data from developing countries. Data on unemployment, poverty, health care use, etc. are available. Some panel datasets are also available.
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National Longitudinal Surveys

The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) contains U.S. data that focuses primarily on labor market activities and other life experiences of specific birth cohorts at the national level. The youth survey (NLSY97) may be of particular interest.
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Panel Study Of Income Dynamics

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics is the world's longest running household data panel survey. It has been collecting longitudinal data from the same U.S. families since 1968. Data is collected on social, demographic, health, economic, charitable giving and other topics.
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Patent Data - United States

Use your W&L username and password to authenticate. Data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office including: U.S. citations, foreign citations, claims, inventor, foreign priority, related applications and pct. The extracts are associated with U.S. utility patents granted from January 1, 1975, to December 31, 2009, and U.S. design, plant, and reissue patents, and statutory invention registrations (SIRs) granted from January 1, 1977, to December 31, 2009. See the file: info_multifile_dvd_09.txt for more information.
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Simmons OneView

Use the Stable if you need off-campus access to this database. Simmons OneView, published by Experian, provides in depth consumer and demographic data for developing marketing strategies.
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Survey Of Consumer Finances

The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is conducted every three years. It asks detailed questions about the finances of U.S. families. Data for 2007 is the latest available.
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Survey Of Income And Program Participation - SIPP

The SIPP is a series of longitudinal studies of U.S. households and individuals that has been conducted by the Census Bureau. Data is collected on income, labor force participation, government program participation and demographic information. To compare the SIPP with other surveys, see: Comparison of SIPP with CPS and PSID
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UNdata

UNdata brings together data from many different sources into a single search interface. Among the main data sources are the UN Statistics Division's own databases in merchandise trade, national accounts, demography, energy, status of women and industrial commodities production; and statistics from the Population Division, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Project Link, FAO, ILO, IMF, ITU, OECD, UNESCO, WHO, WIPO, World Bank and World Tourism Organization, among others.
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Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, 1957 - 2007

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) included men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. The original respondents were surveyed again in 1964, 1975, 1992 and 2004. Surveys of a sibling and spouse were also conducted. The WLS provides an opportunity to study the life course, inter-generational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through middle age. WLS data also cover social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics, and retirement.
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World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance

The World Development Indicators (WDI)& Global Development Finance (GDF) provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and environmental indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. The database covers more than 900 indicators for 210 economies with data back to 1960. Print editions of the World Development Indicators are available online and on paper in Leyburn under the call number: HC59 .W62; the most recent edition is located in the Reference collection on the main level. The WDI is also available on CD-ROM at the Circulation Desk. Leyburn Library has the disks from 2001 and 2003 to 2009.
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World Economic Outlook (WEO)

The WEO database contains selected macroeconomic data series based on IMF staff analyzes and projections. It contains global and regional data and data for many individual countries, from 1980 to the present, and projections for the next two years. The WEO is updated annually.
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World Values Surveys - WVS

The World Values Surveys and European Values Surveys series was designed to enable a cross-national, cross-cultural comparison of values and norms on a wide variety of topics and to monitor changes in values and attitudes across the globe. This data collection contains the survey data from the four waves of the World Values Surveys and European Values Surveys, carried out in 1981-1984, 1990-1993, 1995-1997, and 1999-2004. Five wave aggregated file (1981 - 2008) is available. Individual waves are also available.
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