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Finding published research datasets for social science research
There are key data sources and discipline-specific data archives that are primarily used for the publication and sharing of social sciences research datasets. Many of the main discipline-specific social science archives are indexed in the Data Citation Index (accessible to University of Bath staff and students through the Web of Science); this is a good place to start to search for relevant datasets.
On this page you will find a list of general data archives, a list of data archives for social science that have been recommended by major funders or journal publishers, and list of major datasets for social science research. For a full list of data archives holding social science data see re3data or FAIRSharing.
University of Bath Library Subject Homepages
Interdisciplinary data archives
The University of Bath Research Data Archive is free to use for all University of Bath Researchers. The other general data archives are those that have been recommended by major funders or publishers.
University of Bath Research Data Archive
Institutional data archive for the University of Bath. Free to use for all University of Bath researchers.
General data repository used mainly for life sciences data.
Open Science Framework
General data archive.
General data repository for a wide range of research outputs including datasets.
Data archive specialising in archiving and sharing snapshots of code that can be directly ingested from GitHub.
A cloud-based platform for sharing, discovering and running code.
General repository that combines data from multiple dataverses mainly based in the USA.
General data archive.
Other major social sciences data archives
This is a list of key data archives for social sciences data; for a full list of global social science data archives see re3data or FAIRSharing.
UK Data Service data repository
The UK Data Service hosts the majority of major national and international datasets generated in the UK. It also hosts datasets from studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). You can search the UK Data Service repository from their homepage or browse key data, or data categorised by research theme or geographical location.
Key national and international datasets for social sciences research
This is a list of key national and international datasets that are available (mostly from the UK Data Service) for social sciences research.
Annual Population Survey (UK)
Key topics covered in the survey include education, employment, health and ethnicity.
British Election Study
Data from surveys conducted immediately after every UK general election since 1964.
British Social Attitudes Survey
Datasets from 1983 onwards on behaviour patterns and party political attitudes.
Labour Force Survey
Data on employment, unemployment and demographic characteristics of households in the UK.
Understanding Society Study data
Also known as the UK National Household Longitudinal Study which started in 2009 for understanding social and economic change at household and individual level.
CLOSER brings together longitudinal studies conducted in the UK for health and social science research.
Aberdeen Birth Cohorts
Longitudinal data following children born in Aberdeen in 1921, 1936 and 1950-1956.
European Social Survey (ESS)
Biannual data from 2001 onwards on the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of European populations.
Public opinion data from the European Union from surveys conducted from 1970 onwards.
General Social Survey
Datasets on a range of social topics collected from surveys in the US from 1972 onwards.
International Social Survey Programme
International data from 1984 onwards on a wide variety of social topics.
World Values Survey (WVS)
Longitudinal data complied from national surveys in 100 countries on changes to what people want out of life and their beliefs. There were six waves of surveys from 1982 - 2013.