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Primary social science data sites

Equinox Data Delivery System

Equinox is the successor of the data delivery system formally know as the Internet Data Library System (IDLS), and also replaces the Sherlock data retrieval system developed by CREPUQ. It provides a bilingual user interface to the Statistics Canada macro- and microdata which is accessible through licensing negotiated by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) under the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).

Europe: CESSDA

This is the data portal for the Council of European Social Science data archives. CESSDA Members are data archives and other organisations that archive social science data and provide data for secondary use.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social - Research (ICPSR)

ICPSR is an international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations. It provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. e.g.:

McGill users can download data directly from ICPSR Direct. This allows for the direct downloading of data from computers on campus. It does not allow for off-campus access unless the user has a McGill VPN connection.

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Roper Center maintains the world's largest archive of survey data. McGill also subscribes to their iPoll service, a powerful aid to locate national US public opinion polls containing questions on a particular subject. iPOLL contains 400,000 survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 65 years by more than 150 survey organizations. (access limited to McGill users only)
The following international public opinion surveys are also part of the Roper Center Archive:

  • Latin American Databank
    The Latin American Databank at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research locates, acquires, processes and archives public opinion surveys conducted by the survey research community in Latin America, including universities, institutes, individual scholars, private polling and public opinion research firms. To date, the LAD collection holds nearly one thousand studies from 16 countries, with the largest contributions coming from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
  • UBS Index of Investor Optimism
    The UBS Index of Investor Optimism is the only ongoing survey of investor outlook in the United States and Europe. Introduced in 1996, the Index profiles individual investors on a monthly basis to ensure that their attitudes, perceptions and concerns are represented.

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