April 8, 2021
Data archive available to K-State researchers and instructors
K-State instructors and researchers can explore the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research data archive through K-State Libraries’ subscription. The archive houses more than 10,000 datasets in the social and behavioral sciences, including specialized collections in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse and terrorism. The Libraries' membership allows users to download all available datasets.
The consortium also partners with federal statistical agencies and foundations to offer thematic collections such as the National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture. Datasets, like those archived at Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, often provide background and context for new research or may be analyzed or combined in new ways to constitute original research.
Instructors who teach courses that involve finding, manipulating and analyzing quantitative data may find the consortium to be a useful tool for locating appropriate datasets for classwork or assignments. For instructors teaching undergraduates, the consortium also provides data-driven learning materials and exercise modules.
If you have any questions about accessing or using the consortium, please contact your subject librarian.