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ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research

The Michael Schwartz Library maintains a membership in the Inter-university Consortium for Political & Social Research (ICPSR), a major archive and provider of social science date for research and instruction. ICPSR is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University Michigan. It is a membership-based organization with over 500 academic members around the world.


The ICPSR data is organized in reports that are accessible from the ICPSR homepage. The reports can be searched by investigator, title, keyword, or report number. The reports may be downloaded for use. The data files are supplied for use with statistical software such as SAS or SPSS. In order to download the user often must enter the ICPSR password. First time faculty users may obtain the password by contacting Fran Mentch at (216) 687-2365.

The Special Topic Archives focus on archiving data in specific subject areas:

  • Census 2000
  • Election 2000
  • General Social Survey (GSSDIRS)
  • Health & Medical Care Archive (HMCA)
  • Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG)
  • International Archive of Education Data (IAED)
  • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
  • Site for Instructional Materials & Information (SIMI)
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)

Contact Person: Fran Mentch — (216) 687-2365