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Geography and Urban Studies

Recommended resources for Geography and Urban Studies students

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. 

Data Resources

International Statistics



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


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.

Statistics / Data Websites