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A guide to resources

Finding Data in Library Search

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), of which Temple is a member, provides access to a vast archive of social science data sets, which Temple users can directly download. Topics include Social Institutions and Behavior: (Economics, Education, Family, Community and Urban, Mass Political Behavior); Health Data, Organizational Data; and Government Structures and Policy. All data sets, a total of more than 6200, have been cataloged and can be searched for in LIBRARY SEARCH which replaces DIAMOND and SUMMON, the library's online catalog. To locate a data set on a specific topic, do a keyword search in Library SEARCH, using as your search terms 'ICPSR" and a subject term. Put each term on a separate line. For example, if you wanted to locate data about voting behavior, you would do a keyword search using 'ICPSR'and 'voting behavior' as your terms; this will produce a list of more than 1500 data files. To see a list of all ICPSR datasets in LIBRARY SEARCH, click Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.


Statistics, covering a wide range of topics:

Portrait of Health in the United States: Major Statistical Trends & Guide to Resources. Also available online (Temple Only)

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Also available online (Temple Only).

Statistical Abstract of the World, 3rd ed. / Annmarie Muth, editor.

Yearbook of Labour Statistics, 62 ed.

Yearbook of Tourism Statistics


Online Statistical Resources:


American Factfinder: data tabulations and maps from many U. S. Census Bureau sources for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. The book, Unlocking the Census with GIS by Alan Peters and Heather MacDonald, includes a detailed tutorial on using American FactFinder.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

County and City Data Books

Current Index to Statistics


Epodunk: the Power of Place: Community profiles of most communities in the United States.


Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia: The economists of the Research Department at the Philadelphia Fed conduct research in a number of areas. They disseminate their research through a variety of publications that cover topics on banking and financial markets, forecasting, and the regional economy.

FedStats: the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies 

Polling the Nations: the Ultimate Survey Database

Social Science Data on the Internet

United Nations Statistical Databases

U. S. Census Bureau: the Official Statistics


World Bank: Free online access to the World Bank's vast collection of economic, social, population, and development data.

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