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This guide provides information about ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research.

Finding a Dataset

Finding Data

The Search function is available on the Find and Analyze Data page. ICPSR's search indexes the full documentation of datasets, including descriptions of the variables. Some search tips:

  • You can search for multiple keywords:  income health china
  • Use quotes to search for an exact match:  "income distribution"
  • All studies are described using terms from the ICPSR Subject Thesaurus. These terms will appear as "Subject Terms" filters on the left side of the search results page.
  • To search for studies containing specific variables, separate the query terms with commas: 
    • read newspapers, political party, volunteer 
    • drug use, probation, education
    • ... and then sort by variable relevance on the results page.

You can also browse data by topic, series, geography, investigator, international data, and more.

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