Data & statistics

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  • berenica [dot] vejvoda [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) (514) 398-3702


Core Social Science Data Resources



Cross-Archive Searching with On-line Analysis

Major Survey Research Archives

    • ICPSRprincipal social science data archive, INCLUDING:
      • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging [NACDA]
      • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data [NACJD]
      • National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program [NAHDAP]
    • GESIS:  Liebniz Institute for the Social Sciences   
      • GESIS ZACAT:  Online Study Catalogue
  • MacroData Guide:  comprehensive catalogue of international macro-data sources


Cross-National, Comparative Data Sources




Economic Statistics

Economic Focus: Trade Data

International Relations Orientation:

  • CNTS:  Cross-National Time Series (originally Arthur S. Banks collection)

    • EDRS holds data updated through 2011.  Many series begin in 19th century.
    • Obtain data from EDRS upon signing licence agreement
  • ICRG:  International Country Risk Guide
  • Jane's:  Defense & Security Intelligence & Analysis

  • SIPRI:   Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Social Focus:  Cross-National Comparative Social Survey Data


Specialized Archives


United Nations Population Information Network


AGEDI:  Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative

ICAO:  carbon emissions calculator

World Resources Institute:  EarthTrends: Environmental Information

World Watch Institute

Elections, Governance

Public Opinion Polls

Canadian Opinion Research Archive

NORC: major public opnion and social research center

Phillippines: Social Weather Stations

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

Religion:  ARDA: the Association of Religious Data Archives


National-level Data Sources



Statistics Canada:  Macrodata

Other Sources:  Canada Macrodata

Statistics Canada - Microdata

To obtain Statistics Canada Public Use Microdata files:

  1. Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure   <odesi>

    searches the local archive, ICPSR and Canadian Opinion Research Archive

  2. EDRS:  most frequently used surveys can be obtained upon request as SPSS, SAS, or Stata system files.






Other Selected National Data Sources

Brazil:  National Statistical Office

China:  China Data Online

Germany:  Federal Statistical Office

India:   IndiaStat

Japan:  National Statistical Office     Statistics Japan   e-Stat Portal

Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI)

Palestinian Authority: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics

Russian Federation:   Federal State Statistics Service

United Kingdom:  Office for National Statistics      NOMIS: Labour market statistics

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