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Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory
Quick Guide to Data Citation
ICPSR's Data Citation Guide
Citing datasets used in published research is just as important as citing journal articles, books, and other sources that contributed to the research.
By citing your use of a dataset, you are supporting the reproducibility of your research and attributing credit to those who provided the data-including datasets that you have created yourself. Citations also allow for tracking reuse and measuring impact.
Core Data Sources
ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences, including economics. Search by keyword, topic, or series.
In order to view data, you must create a MyData account. As a research affiliated with UCSB, creating an account permits you to download data available only to ICPSR members.
FRED Economic Research from the St. Louis Fed
Download, graph, and track 156,000 US and international time series from 61 sources.
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Data
The National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.
View further data collections here.
IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series)
Links to the public use microdata sets for the American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, International Surveys, and the complete-count data from 1800s censuses of Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the U.S.
DataFerrett is a unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. (FERRETT stands for Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction, and Tabulation Tool.)
DataFerrett helps you locate and retrieve the data you need regardless of where the data resides. You can develop and customize tables and select the results to create a graph or map for a visual depiction of your data. You can also save your data in the databasket and save the table you have created for reuse.
ProQuest Statistical Insight
Allows users to search summaries of statistical publications, then link to the full-text of selected publications on Statistical Universe and government websites. Statistical Universe combines American Statistics Index (U.S. Federal statistics), Statistical Reference Index (U.S. state governments and private organizations) and Index to International Statistics (international agencies).
Comprehensive global statistical database, covering all United Nations countries and areas.
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Provides fact sheets, statistics, and data sets.
Resources for Economists on the Internet
Points to important data elsewhere on the internet, from the American Economic Association (AEA).
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