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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.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Established in 1984 to track behavioral health risk in the United States. Behavior and risk categories include: exercise, being overweight, use of seatbelts, tobacco and alcohol, etc.
ICPSR Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA)
Topics covered include: health care providers, cost of and access to health sare, substance abuse, chronic conditions, and other health related topics.
Monitoring the Future: 1976+
An ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. A number of questions on drug use are asked.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Drug and alcohol use incidence and prevalence estimates and report the consequences and patterns of use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian population aged 12 and older. Also asks a set of questions about mental health treatment. Also at ICPSR.
SAMHDA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive at ICPSR
The goal of this archive is to provide access to substance abuse and mental health research data and to promote the use of the data in understanding and assessing substance abuse and mental health problems and the impact of related treatment systems.
Alcohol Data Dashboard (NU)
Provided as part of a website that "... provides Northwestern students, parents, faculty, staff, and neighbors with a centralized 'hub' for information, policies, programs, and services on alcohol and other drugs." Put this data into national context using the National College Health Assessment II