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Urban Studies

A guide to resources for Urban Studies

Social Science Datasets

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, the library's online catalog. To locate a data set on a specific topic, do a keyword search using as your search terms 'ICPSR" and a subject term. 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 data on voting behavior. 


American Factfinder. Population, housing, economic and geographic data from the federal decennial censuses, American Community Survey and other sources.

LexisNexis Statistical DataSets. Aggregates over 590 licensed and public domain datasets provided by over 50 sources and makes that data available from within a single interface.

LexisNexis Statistical Insight. ....provides online access to the following highly respected finding aids for statistical data:


Federal Sources: American Statistics Index (ASI) 1973-

The U.S. Government is the world's most important and prolific publisher of statistics. ASI indexes and abstracts statistical data published by all branches and agencies of the Federal Government, including both depository and non-depository publications. ASI includes federal agency publications that contain social, economic, demographic, or natural resources data, and a selection of publications with scientific and technical data.

State and Private Sector Sources: Statistical Reference Index (SRI) 1980-

SRI identifies statistical data published by consumer and trade magazines, private organizations, state government agencies, business organizations, independent research organizations, and universities and affiliated research centers. Publications covered by SRI contain important statistics on business, industry and finance, general economic conditions, government programs and politics, and social trends. SRI offers access to national data, such as production, costs, and earnings in major industries; statewide data, such as statistics on crime, health, or employment; data on foreign countries, such as world economic and demographic trends; and local or narrowly focused data, such as detail by county and municipality.


OECD Factbook. Economic, environmental and social statistics from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. 


SimplyMap. Create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing variables.


The World Factbook. From the CIA, The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.