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Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Methods



Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

ICPSR is the world's largest archive of behavioral and social science research data. The VCU Libraries membership in ICPSR enables faculty, students, and staff to download and analyze data relevant to:

  •     criminal justice, economics, education, gerontology
  •     immigration, health care, LGBT health, mental health
  •     political science, psychology, social work, sociology
  •     substance abuse, terrorism, and more



A quick route to reliable information on a particular group or problem is a Google Search that limits results to the .gov domain. NOTE:

  • There are no spaces between
  • The Boolean operator OR must be capitalized.

  • You can also add date limiters to locate the most recent statistics
  • "drug addiction" prevalence OR incidence OR trends  2012..2015
  • NOTE: there are no spaces between 2012..2015