Sources of statistical information are held throughout the Michigan State University Libraries. This guide is not comprehensive; rather, it provides information on a selection of some of the most important general sources. This guide includes both freely available WWW resources as well as library subscription resources and print materials.
If you need further assistance you have several options to get in touch with MSU librarians: use the Ask A Librarian service, visit the Main Library Reference Desk, contact the guide maintainer, Hailey Mooney, Data Services Librarian, or political science subject specialist librarian Jon Harrison.
Data archives contain raw data files that are used for secondary analysis in research. Data set files are usually downloaded and manipulated using statistical software such as SPSS or SAS. Sometimes data archives will provide tools for online analysis as well.