There is a large archive of social science data
available online at the Inter-University Consortium for
Political and Social Research, or ICPSR.
You can click on the ICPSR
page for a listing of the available data. To see the
types of data on the site, go to "Search Full Data Holdings" and then
choose "Browse our subject areas".
Many of the datasets can be downloaded freely, while others are restricted to authorized
users. NYU is an authorized user, so you will be able to access the data once you have
created an account. You will need to create the account while using a computer with an
NYU IP address, so that ICPSR recognizes that you are an authorized user.
The ICPSR site includes codebooks along with their datasets. Most of the codebooks are
available in machine-readable format and can easily be downloaded. A few, however, are
available in hard copy only, and these must be ordered from ICPSR. In this case, contact
the Politics Data Center staff so that the
codebook can be requested for you. Note that this process can take up to several weeks.
Data Available Locally
Some data sets are archived on the politics server. You can access
this data by logging in to a lab computer and looking in the L: (or "Data") drive, or by clicking on
this link and logging in with the
same username and password. Note that you can use Stat-Transfer on any PC in the labs to convert
datasets between different formats.
See also the faculty data sets page.