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Sociology Resources: Data & Statistics

US Data
Use American FactFinder for more detailed information.Visit QuickFacts for tables on the nation, state, counties, and cities.  

Policy Map

Policymap is an online data and mapping application that gives access to over 15,000 indicators related to housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, demographics and education.

Social Explorer
Create maps and reports for selected Census statistics 1790-present.  This is a library subscription program that repackages data in an easy to use interface.

Simply Analytics

**Access is allowed for only five users at a time. It is necessary to create a free personal account to access this resource.**
Formerly named SimplyMap, SimplyAnalytics is a web-based mapping tool that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. Includes MRI Consumer Survey, Claritas PRIZM, and SimmonsLOCAL data.

Use CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Wonder to find health related data for the United States 

  • The Green Book 
    Background material and data on the programs within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means

Look here for data on U.S. federal social service programs.

"The Green Book is compiled by the staff of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives from many sources and it provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty and taxation. It has become a standard reference work for those interested in the direction of social policy in the United States."

  • Michigan Government Statistics

Michigan Department of Community Health - Health Statistics and Reports
Includes vital statistics, communicable diseases, hospitalizations, birth defects, community health information, cancer statistics, and population trends.

Data and Statistics Research Guides

MSU Libraries Data & Statistics Research Guides

Complete list of MSU Library guides pointing to statistics by topic.  Selected topics include:

Criminal Justice


Health and Health Care



Public Opinion & Social Attitudes

Social Groups

International Data

ProQuest Statistical Insight, ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the U.S., ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World provide statistics and related works on a variety of subjects in an easy to use interface. 

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

The World DataBank is provided by the World Bank, which is an international banking organization providing loans to "developing" countries. 

The OECD iLibrary Statistics contains a range of indicators on social and economic issues worldwide.

UN Data offers international data collected by a variety of agencies, but primarily the UN. 

Research Data at the MSU Libraries

Research Data

Thinking ahead...will you use quantitative research methods in your thesis or dissertation?

The library can assist you in locating data sets for secondary analysis.

When you write your thesis or dissertation you may conduct your own study and collect original data, or you may want to analyze pre-existing data---especially public data from a government program or survey.

Important Resources

Library Data Services
Michigan State University Library Data Services assists faculty, staff and students identify and access numeric data sets for secondary research analysis, primarily in the social sciences.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
ICPSR is the world's largest social science data archive.  It is one of the best places to start looking for a data set, especially for survey and governmental data.  MSU maintains a membership which allows students and faculty to download data sets and use other online tools by registering with your email address.

Statistical Consulting

Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT)

The MSU Center for Statistical Training and Consulting is a professional service and research unit at Michigan State University. Our aim is to support research and provide training, grant development, and consulting in statistics for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

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