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Statistical Information & Data: RAW Data

A guide to mining Social Science Stats & Data at the UGA Libraries

SPSS Statistical Analysis Software

SPSS is available via the Virtual Computing Lab.


SAS Statistical Analysis Software

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 or 706-542-8708.


R Statistical Analysis Software

R is available to download for free here.


STATA Statistical Analysis Software

Stata is available via the Virtual Computing Lab.


Questions Re: Stats Analysis

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.

Data and Statistics: The Difference

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.

  • F = 1, FREQ = 17957; M = 2, FREQ = 11747; NR = 3, FREQ = 198

Statistics are generated from data by processing, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and representing the data in a meaningful context.

  • The UGA enrollment by sex for the Spring 2011 semester is 17,957 (60.05%) females, and 11,747 (39.28%) males, with 198 (.66%) not reporting.

Primary Data and Secondary Data: The Difference

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.

Qualtrics Survey Tool


Collect your own data using Qualtrics, a powerful, research-grade survey construction and data collection/evaluation tool that is available to the UGA community.

Data Citation Index

Data Citation Index

GSS - U.S. Sociological and Attitudinal Trend Data, 1972-2012

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):

  • You can also download the entire dataset, pre-constructed subsets, or create customized subsets of the data using SDA 4.0 - for help using SDA 4.0, check out these SDA 4.0 video tutorials.

Don't like the SDA 4.0 interface for exploring the GSS? Try out the GSS Data Explorer (in beta as of 04/06/2016) and its help resources.


Demographic Datasets

Education Datasets

Health Datasets

Media Datasets

Dataset Download | Pew Research Center

Browse datasets provided by the Annenberg Center.

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

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.

Criminal Justice Datasets

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

International Datasets

More Dataset Repositories

Economic Datasets

Atlanta Research Data Center