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ICPSR Data Archive
Access to thousands of social science datasets for research and instruction. A first place to start in looking for social science data for secondary analysis.
Roper Center For Public Opinion Research
one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion.
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Staff in the University Libraries can assist you with:
- what data is available
- where to find software for analysis
- directing you to self-paced software learning resources
NUIT Research Computing provides support for a variety of software and analytic methods.
Crime and Justice
Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), through its Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center (FJSRC), compiles information describing suspects and defendants processed in the Federal criminal justice system.
Hall of Justice (Sunlight Foundation)
A data inventory of nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government.
International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) Series @ ICPSR
Available through ICPSR, the ICVS is a collection of surveys of householders' experience with crime, policing, crime prevention, and feelings of insecurity in a large number of nations. Sample size is generally, 1,000 - 2,000 households from each participating country.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) @ ICPSR
The NACJD preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and investigator initiated research projects. They have a collection of online Resource Guides that highlight popular criminal justice research topic.
National Crime Victimization Survey @ ICPSR
Previously called the National Crime Survey (NCS), has been collecting data on personal and household victimization since 1973. An ongoing survey, conducted twice each year, of a nationally representative sample of residential addresses.
Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities @ ICPSR
Information on demographic, socioeconomic, and criminal history characteristics of inmates including: age, ethnicity, education, gun possession and use, lifetime drug use and alcohol use and treatment, prior incarceration record, and prearrest annual income and details of inmates' military service records. Data on characteristics of victims are provided as well.
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
Comprehensive information about staffing, spending, and enforcement activities of the federal government, with special attention to the Dept of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms.
United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation
A country-level survey dealing with firearm regulation, including issues of ownership, possession and use; manufacturing and trade; smuggling and other illegal dealings; demographic, accident and crime statistics; and policy and public education initiatives. The survey instrument was distributed to Member States in 1996. The sample size is 78 countries.
UN Surveys of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems
The surveys were started in 1977, covering five-year intervals from 1970-1994. Starting in 1995 surveys cover two- or three-year intervals. Sample Size: The number of participating countries varies by sweep. The survey is now in its 11th wave, and earlier data may be accessed through ICPSR
Violence Against Women Resource Guide @ ICPSR
A guide to data useful for the study of violence against women available from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data at ICPSR.