General/Educational Resources

The Data and Information Services Center(DISC), is the central repository of data collections used by the social science research community at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Its mission is to promote academic research by facilitating the use of secondary research materials. Toward this end, the library acquires, preserves, and facilitates access to social science data resources, provides reference and technical services to researchers, and assists in the archiving of locally produced data.

The General Social Survey Resources(GSS), website contains a standard 'core' of 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 downloadable GSS data from 1972 to 2010 in SPSS and Stata formats and documentation are available from their website. Quick tables are also available from Survey Documentation and Analysis(SDA) website.

The Government Information Sharing Project was initiated with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and is administered at Oregon State University Libraries.  The Project's goal is to create an easy-to-understand, intuitive interface that nearly anyone can use to access government information. The interface relies on an interactive, graphical format that is both concise and consistent. Care is also taken to provide adequate documentation, metadata, and context-sensitive help to guide the user in accessing and understanding data.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research(ICPSR), located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.  ICPSR provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data, offers training facilities for the study of quantitative social analysis techniques, and shares resources for social scientists using advanced computer technologies.