SPSS is available via the Virtual Computing Lab.
To access SAS software you will need to use the special access Data Services workstations in the Main Reference room. If you need assistance with accessing SAS, please contact the Social Science Data Reference Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-8708.
Some tips for when to use what statistical analysis software, FAQs about these softwares, converting files amongst different softwares, and tips for choosing what statistical analyses to run given your variable types as well as steps for doing the analyses in SPSS, Stata, SAS, and R.
What's the difference between Data and Statistical Information?
Data is the raw numbers/materials collected that represent a measurement or variable; it is unorganized and unprocessed.
Statistics are generated from data by processing, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and representing the data in a meaningful context.
What's the difference between Primary and Secondary Data?
Primary data is data a researcher has collected him/herself to address his/her specific research questions.
Secondary data is existing data that was collected by one party (e.g., another researcher, a government agency, etc.) and is then made available to other researchers for use in addressing their own research questions - i.e., the various datasets linked from this page.
The General Social Survey (GSS) "takes the pulse of America" on a vast number of topics, with national-level data collected beginning in 1972 to present.* A great resource for any discipline!
To identify variables for the entire dataset and/or specific years:
To do data online analysis with no need for downloading or special software:
To download data for analysis in statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R):
Browse datasets provided by the Annenberg Center.
ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) seeks to advance and expand social and behavioral research by providing training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community as well a a data archive social science research.