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Finding Social Science Data for Research

Selected data resources categorized by academic discipline

World Bank

World Bank

  • World Bank databases include data on living standards around the world.
  • A very large number of macro-economic statistics (like Gross National Income etc) are available for a long list of world countries. 
  • Date coverage varies.
  • Recommend using the “World Development Indicators” data set accessed through the “DataBank” tool.


DataCite - search for datasets across over 1000 different major data centers and repositories including ICPSR, Harvard Dataverse, Data-Planet, the California Digital Library, Figshare, Dryad, the Center for Open Science, UC San Diego Library Digital Collections, etc.

Data Planet

Data Planet - The enhanced Data-Planet platform provides an all-in-one resource for social science researchers and students to access statistics relevant to their areas of study. Includes access to the EASI Market Planner which is one of the premium datasets within Data-Planet Datasets and Woods & Poole (formerly SAGE Business Stats)