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Political Science Research Methods: DataSets

Library Databases

These datasets require you to be on campus or to log in with your UCCS account.

Political Science related Data Sets

The following list contains free sources of data.

U.S. Government Websites with Data Sets

Many governmental websites contain download data sets.

International Data Sets

Understanding the Raw Data

In order to understand, interpret, and analyze raw data sets, you need to find the data set's:

  • Summary or Description of the data set
  • Codebook (or at least the original survey/questionaire)
  • Data Set (try to download it as a Deliminated .txt or .csv file so you can import it into MS Excel)