Social Science Electronic Data Library

The Social Science Electronic Data Library includes primary research data and documentation from more than 680 premier health and social science datasets from more than 285 studies, within 9 topically-focused data archives. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), these data archives were selected by a scientist expert panel and have been used by thousands of students and professionals at universities and research institutions throughout the United States for more than 20 years.

The resource has been designed to allow the user to search for studies by keyword and search for variables within and across studies by topic, type or keyword(s). Each data archive provides raw data files, SAS & SPSS data extract program files, SPSS portable files, frequencies, data dictionaries, original data collection instruments, and detailed user's guides.

The nine-topically-focused collections are:
American Family Data Archive, 20 studies, 122 datasets, 66,000 variables
AIDS/STD Data Archive, 19 studies, 30 datasets, 19,000 variables
Child Well-Being and Poverty Data Archive, 13 studies, 36 datasets, 20,000 variables
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Data Archive, 14 studies, 34 datasets, 19,000 variables
Contextual Data Archive, 14 studies, 30 datasets, 19,000 variables
Data Archive of Social Research on Aging, 19 studies, 85 datasets, 40,000 variables
Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention, 162 studies, 286 datasets, 80,000 variables
Maternal Drug Abuse Data Archive, 7 studies, 13 datasets, 5,000 variables
Research Archive on Disability in the U.S., 19 studies, 40 datasets, 20,000 variables

 

Explore the data by topically focused archive, or search datasets or variables by keyword.
View variables in any archive in a table of topic and types to explore the richness or click to view all variables within a given topic or type.
Easily identify every variable on a topic of interest with a simple variable keyword search.
You can immediately view a frequency count for every variable. This allows even novice researchers and students to use the data immediately.
Each study has all the information a researcher would need to decide if this the study meets their needs. Information includes: title, abbreviation, investigators, data collection organization, nations represented, an abstract, sample universe, sampling procedure, instruments, and response rates.
For each study, users can download a User's Guide, complete dataset package, any supplementary materials, and a DDI codebook. The dataset package features raw data files, SAS & SPSS data extract program files, SPSS portable files, a CSV file, frequencies, data dictionaries, original data collection instruments, and detailed user's guides.