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Finding and reusing research datasets: Social Sciences

Guide on finding secondary data for reserach and identifying suitable data archives for research dataset deposits.

Finding published research datasets for social science research

Magnifying glass over a picture of peopleThere 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

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.

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.