Below is a listing of well-known archives of social sciences data. Select archives and data repositories are specific to certain research communities.

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

The ARDA strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. 

Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)

The DSDR provides support to the demographic research community for accessing demographic data.

Home of the U.S. Government’s open data, scholars can find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data, and visualizations.

Databib & re3data 

These databases contain a large searchable collection of online research data repositories. 

Harvard Dataverse Network

This network is open to all scientific data from all disciplines worldwide and it includes one of the world's largest collection of social science research data.

Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA)

The HMCA includes surveys of health care professionals and organizations, investigations of access to medical care, surveys on substance abuse, and evaluations of innovative programs for the delivery of health care.

Henry A. Murray Research Archive

The Henry A. Murray Research Archive is a repository offering a variety of demographic, education, health and political data.

Hesburgh Libraries Datasets & Statistics Collection

The Hesburgh collection offers a comprehensive list of datasets and statistics organized by subject, location and source. 

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series

A series dedicated to collecting and distributing United States Census data, which includes microdata for social and economic research.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

The ICPSR maintains one of the world’s oldest and largest digital data archives in the social sciences. It hosts specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse and terrorism, among other fields.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

The NACJD aims to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources. 

National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

The NORC data includes information on health and family, energy consumption, childhood immunization, social behavior, employment, retirement, as well as administrative records, opinions, and biomarkers and biomeasures. 

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Roper Center focuses on public opinion data from commercial and media survey organizations. The Center archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples since 1930.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)

The SAMHDA promotes the use of the nation’s preeminent substance abuse and mental health research data. Data includes the U.S. general and special populations, annual series, and designs that produce nationally representative estimates. 

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues.


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