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Listed here are selected sociology resources which are available via the World Wide Web. Please be aware that the University Libraries have many print and microform sociological resources which are not listed here. To find out about them, check our library catalog Minerva, or ask for help at the Reference Desk.

Last Updated: August 3, 2009

Starting Points

Google>Social Sciencesnew resource

Links to over 1,000 resources in over thirty subheadings

Intute: Social Sciences Information Gatewaynew resource

Browsable by one of twenty general subject headings, or can be searched using free text or thesaurus terms

Research Resources for the Social Sciencesnew resource

Offered in partnership with McGraw Hill publishing company, this site offers topical links to a variety of social sciences concepts.

SocioSitenew resource

Based at the University of Amsterdam, the SocioSite is designed to get global access to information and resources relevant to the field, broadly defined.

SocioWebnew resource

An independent guide to sociological research on the Internet. Includes information on the profession, as well as content on various topics

Yahoo>Social Sciencesnew resource

An online catalog of sites created by a staff of editors, then organized into subject-based categories and sub-categories.

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Associations and Organizations

American Sociological Association

The national association for sociologists; information about the association, funding and employment opportunities, internet links, etc.

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

The association promotes the application of sociological knowedge for beneficial social change. It was founded in 2005 and is the successor organization to the Society for Applied Sociology and the Sociological Practice Association.

British Sociological Associationnew resource

The primary professional sociological society for the United Kingdom

Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Associationnew resource

The large, eclectic national association of Canada.

Consortium of Social Science Organizationsnew resource

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is an advocacy organization that promotes attention to and Federal funding for the social and behavioral sciences. It serves as a bridge between the academic research community and the Washington policymaking community.

Eastern Sociological Society

The regional sociological organization for the North Eastern United States.

International Sociological Association

Founded under the auspices of UNESCO, it is an association for scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences. Its members come from more than 100 countries.

National Centre for Social Research

Website of the largest independent social research institute in Britain.

Society for the Study of Social Problems

This group is interested in "the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems."

Sociologists without Bordersnew resource

Sociologists without Borders/Socíologos Sin Fronteras (SSF) was founded in Spain in 2001, and in the United States in 2002, as a transnational association of sociologists

United Nationsnew resource

The homepage of the United Nations, with information on its mission and news of its activities.

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Dictionaries & Thesauri

Dictionary of Occupational Titles

Occupational Title listing. Provided from the US Dept.of Labor.

Finding Sociological Dictionaries Onlinenew resource

A resource page from the reference site, listing names and links to popular dictionaries

Glossary of Selected Social Science Computer and Social Science Data Terms

Provides a glossary of about 100 terms used in Social Science Data Archives. Includes search options.

Humanities and Social Science Electronic Thesaurus (HASSET)

A thesaurus from the Data Archive at the University of Essex, Great Britain.

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciencesnew resource

Published by the International Consortium for the Advancement for Academic publication, this dictionary has 1000 entries covering the disciplines of sociology, criminology, political science and women's study

Sociological Abstracts Thesaurusnew resource

The Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms contains an alphabetical listing of Main Term descriptors used for indexing and searching the SA database and printed index.

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General Subject Collections

American Association for Public Opinion Researchnew resource

A non profit organization that provides poll information, survey FAQs, and highlights of new research inititiatives.

Coombsweb: ANU Social Sciences/Asian Studies Server

A wonderful guide to internet resources, focusing primarily on Asia and the Pacific Region.

Cultural Studies Centralnew resource

Cultural Studies Central is a gathering spot and central clearinghouse for students and researchers in the field.

Internet Crossroads in Social Science Data

More than 825 annotated links to data-related sites on the Internet. From the Data and Program Library Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Resources for the Social Sciences

Links to Internet resources grouped by categories such as Demography, Sociology, Anthropology, Women's Studies, etc.


An excellent metasite including international links.

Sociological Tour through Hyperspacenew resource

General and specific topics from a site maintained by the Temple University Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology

Survey Research Resources

Helpful links to polling and survey data.

Understanding the World Todaynew resource

Reports on social, economic and political aspects of society, and trends over time in these characteristics, from the Global Social Change Project.

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Grants and Funding Information on the Internet

Community of Sciencenew resource

Searchable by discipline, this is the most comprehensive source of funding information available on the Web, with more than 24,000 records, representing over 400,000 funding opportunities.

Foundation Centernew resource

The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.

Grants.Govnew resource

Managed in partnership with the Dept. of Health and Human Services, this site provides access to federal grant information

SRA International Grants Web

Links to sources of funding, both governmental and private. Maintained by the Society of Research Administrators International.

TGCI-The Grantsmanship Center

Look under "Funding Sources" for links to federal, state, community and international funding agencies.

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Indexes and Databases

AgelineAccessible to University at Albany users only

Coverage of social gerontology from AARP.

Anthropological LiteratureAccessible to University at Albany users only

Index to periodical articles and essays published in colloquia, festshcriften, symposia and collections received at the Tozzer Library, Harvard University.

ArticleFirstAccessible to University at Albany users only

Indexes the content page of journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.

Contemporary Women's IssuesAccessible to University at Albany users only

Offers content from mainstream periodicals, alternative press, hard-to-find newsletters and NGO research reports. Focuses on the critical issues and events that influence women including health, the workplace, parenting, human rights, reproductive rights and legal issues.

Digital DissertationsAccessible to University at Albany users only

The complete range of academic subjects appearing in dissertations accepted at participating accredited institutions.

Digital Dissertations @ SUNY AlbanyAccessible to University at Albany users only

Includes all dissertations written at the University at Albany.

EBSCO Academic Search PremierAccessible to University at Albany users only

Interdisciplinary database of nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3600 peer-reviewed journals.

Ethnic NewswatchAccessible to University at Albany users only

Full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Covers the African American, Arab American, Asian American, Native American, European and Eastern European, Jewish, and Hispanic, Chicano and Latino point of view. The database (English and Spanish articles) is searchable in either English or Spanish.

GenderWatchAccessible to University at Albany users only

GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and NGO, government, and special reports.

Historical AbstractsAccessible to University at Albany users only

Covers the history of the world except for the United States and Canada from 1450 to the present. Includes all branches of history: political, diplomatic, military, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual history and the history of science, technology and medicine. Also includes materials relating to the profession of history. Approximately 50% of the articles are from English-language journals. A good source for finding scholarly sources on international issues.

International Bibliography of the Social SciencesAccessible to University at Albany users only

This database indexes both core and specialized journals (2,600) and books in the social sciences. Core disciplines covered are anthropology, economics, political science and sociology, with additional coverage in other social science fields. Thirty percent of the records are in languages other than English.

International Index to Black PeriodicalsAccessible to University at Albany users only

Includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean and full-text coverage of 31 core Black Studies periodicals. Coverage is international in scope and multidisciplinary spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social and political issues of importance to Black Studies.

LexisNexis AcademicAccessible to University at Albany users only

Full-text access to regional, national and international news, magazines, reference and legal information.

POPLINEAccessible to University at Albany users only

POPLINE provides worldwide coverage of population, family planning, and related health issues, including family planning technology and programs, fertility, and population law and policy. In addition, POPLINE focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and child health, primary health care communication, and population and environment.

Population IndexAccessible to University at Albany users only

An annotated bibliography of books and periodical literature on all phases of population problems. Published from 1937-2000, it continues Population Literature which was published from 1935-1936.

Population Index on the WebAccessible to University at Albany users only

Covers all fields of interest to demographers. The entire Population Index for 1986-2000 is available on-line and can be searched by author, subject matter, geographical region, or free text appearing in the citation. Searches may be restricted by year of publication. Citations from 1978 to the present are included as part of Popline .

Social Sciences AbstractsAccessible to University at Albany users only

International, English-language periodicals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law.

Sociological AbstractsAccessible to University at Albany users only

The primary database for locating sociology journal articles, chapters in books, conference papers and dissertations.

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Methodology and Statistical Analysis

HyperStat Online StatisticsTextbook

An introductory-level hyperlinked statistics book with simulations, case studies, analysis.

Research Methods and Statisticsnew resource

From the Social Psychology Network, gives links related to research methodology, human and animal research ethics, statistics, data analysis, and more.

Social Research Updatenew resource

An online clearninghouse of articles about research methods

Statistical Resources on the Web

A guide to a wide variety of statistical resources available on the Web. From the Documents Center at the University of Michigan Library.

Statistics on the Web

Includes links to online textbooks and home pages for a variety of statistical packages, many of which offer technical assistance.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Statistics

Provides datasets with certified values which can be used to assess the accuracy of a variety of statistical software packages; also links to a variety of statistics-related sites. From the University of Florida's Department of Statistics.

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Social Science Data Archives

Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA)

Includes over 1050 datasets from Australian census data, surveys and opinion polls.

Council of European Social Science Data Archives

Central source of information about European data archives from CESSDA.

Country Statistics & Reports

Provides quick access to essential information on population, health, and the environment for over 200 countries. Maintained by the Population Reference Bureau.

Data and Program Library Service

This site from the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides useful links to both governmental and non-governmental domestic and international sites and sources of data.

Data on the Net

A searchable collection of internet sites with statistical data, data catalogs, social sciences data archives, etc. From UC San Diego.

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)

An archive of survey data collected from countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near East.

Henry A. Murray Research Archive

Data holdings include a wide range of studies using a variety of methods and experimental designs. From the Murray Research Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Inter-university Consortium for Political & Social Research (ICPSR)Accessible to University at Albany users only

Established in 1962, ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction.

Lexis Nexis Statistics Index Digital Collectionnew resource

The American Statistics Index (ASI) indexes the statistical publications of the United States government, state governments, intergovernmental entities, and some associations

OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web

" and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar "quotable" sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series." From the University of Auckland Library.

Public Opinion Poll Question Database

Provides keyword access to public opinion polls from the 1960s to the present. From the Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Record of American Democracy, 1984-1990: ROAD

Downloadable data which include "voting, registration and census data aggregated to Minor Civil Division groups." It also provides voting and voter registration data at the voting precinct level where available.

Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL)new resource

Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL) consists of eight topically focused data archives, an online data analysis system, and teaching modules.

TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center

From the International Study Center at Boston College, the site is dedicated to conducting comparative studies in educational achievement. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) database contains many educational statistics collected in about 50 countries, including achievement results in mathematics and science. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measures trends in fourth-graders' reading achievement in 50 countries.

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Social Science Theory & History

Dead Sociologists Societynew resource

A list of the various theorists, some biographical information, and a summary of their work

Evolutionary Theory & Social Sciencesnew resource

Aspects and influences of evolutionary theory, as applied to society and sociobiology

Explorations in Social Inequalitynew resource

Examines the ways in which inequality is institutionalized, i.e, the ways by which socially-defined categories of persons are unevenly rewarded for their social contributions

Social Theory Pagenew resource

Links to key thinkers and both current and retrospective works.

Sociology of Knowledgenew resource

Maintained at UC Denver, this site offers links to definitions, bibliographies, and primary sources.

Virtual Library of Social Theoristsnew resource

Links to major works of several social thinkers, many full text. Maintained at McMaster University.

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Special Sociological Topics

American Society of Criminology

Website of the ASC, provides links to its divisions and other related resources.

Criminal Justice

A guide to web resources from the Dewey Library at the University at Albany.

Federal Bureau of Prisonsnew resource

The Federal Bureau of prisons provides information on facilities, policies, locations, news, and inmate issues (including an inmate finder).

National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)

This is the primary source of information on criminal victimization. Data are collected annually from a nationally representative sample of roughly 42,000 households comprising more than 76,000 persons on the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

National Criminal Justic Reference Servicenew resource

Topics and publications from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs. Strong on current awareness news.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online

Data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States presented in over 600 tables from more than 100 sources.

Statistics (New York State)

New York State criminal justice data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)

The UCR data are compiled from monthly law enforcement reports or individual crime incident records on the following crimes reported to law enforcement authorities: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Demography & Human Ecology
Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE)

From the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA)

From the University at Albany/State University of New York.

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE)

From the University of Washington.

ERCOMER Virtual Library

Sponsored by the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), this provides links to research, publications, conferences and organizations relating to international migration and ethnic relations, with a focus on Europe.

International Organization for Migration

Gateway to migration-related information on the Internet.

Mexican Migration Project

The MMP Database contains demographic data gathered since 1982 in surveys administered every year in Mexico and in the United States. From data disseminated by The Office of Population Research, Princeton University. Hosted by the Pennsylvania State University.

Migration Information Sourcenew resource

International reports and statistics on human movement and the factors causing migrations.

Population and Development Program (PDP)

From Cornell University.

Population Reference Bureau

Provides graphic and textual summaries of demographic data as well as full-text articles. In some cases, the data itself is downloadable.

Population Research Center

From the Rand Corporation.

Population Research Center (PRC)

From the University of Texas at Austin.

Population Research Institute (PRI)

From the Pennsylvania State University.

Population Studies & Training Center (PSTC)

From Brown University.

Population Studies Center

From the University of Pennsylvania.

Population Studies Center (PSC)

From the University of Michigan.

Push and Pull Factors of International Migration

Background information and preliminary research data from a joint project of Eurostat and The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute to study the direct and indirect causes and mechanisms of international migration to the European Union (particularly Spain and Italy)from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (particularly Morocco, Turkey and Egypt) and from Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly Senegal and Ghana).

United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN)

Extensive resources pertaining to global population, including statistical tables, software, full-text journals and newsletters, and many other sources of population information.

World Population Trends

Population estimates and projections for countries, their urban and rural areas, and their major cities for all countries and areas of the world. From the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

World-Wide Web Virtual Library : Demography & Population Studies

An international collection of links. Maintained by the Australian National University.

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Asian American Resources

Comprehensive collection of sites for Asian and Asian American interests.

Center for Immigration Studies

Papers, bibliographies and numerous links on immigration research.

CLNet Diversity Page

A guide to ethnic and multicultural resources on the Internet.

Diversity & Ethnic Studies

This site provides links to African American, American Indian, Asian American, and U.S. Latino resources. Also a list of multicultural resources, meaning those that deal with more than one ethnic minority or cultural group. From Iowa State University.

National Association for Ethnic Studies, Inc.

Provides links to a variety of web sites, including African-American, Asian-American, Chicano/Latino and Native American.

The Universal Black Pages

A guide to resources about Black history, art, music, business, etc.

Voice of the Shuttle: Minority Studies

A diverse collection of resources relating to minorities throughout the world.

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Families and Children
Administration for Children and Familiesnew resource

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities

America's Children

Statistical indicators on US children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

Family Facts: Social Sciencenew resource

The conservative Heritage Foundation's catalogs social science findings on the family, society and religion gleaned from peer-reviewed journals, books and government surveys.

FAMILY Indexnew resource

From the Institute of Marriage and Family of Canada, The Family Index is a collection that catalogues social science findings on family matters obtained from journals, books, and government surveys.

Family Research Laboratoriesnew resource

Since 1975, the Family Research Laboratory (FRL) has devoted itself primarily to understanding family violence and the impact of violence in families.

National Survey of Families and Households

A comprehensive survey of American family life. A national sample of over 13,000 respondents was interviewed in 1987-88. The sample was followed up in 1992-94.

State of the World's Children, 2007new resource

The report by Unicef looks at the status of women across the world in terms of equality in the household, culture, employment, and politics.

WSSLINKS: Women and Gender Studies Web Sites

Website on women's and gender issues with numerous sub-categories. Developed and maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

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Labor and Work
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (U. S. Department of Labor)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Human Resource Management

British metasite on organization and management theory. From Nottingham Business School.

LABORSTA: The Labour Statistics Database

International labor statistics from the Statistics Branch of the International Labour Organization.

New York Department of Labornew resource

The department is charged with enforcing labor laws, ensuring fair wages and benefits, connecting employers with qualified job-seekers, and monitoring economic trends in order to build a strong state workforce.

Organizations, Occupations and Work

Homepage of the OOW section of the American Sociological Association. Newsletter and additional links.

Research and Ideas for Working People

Summary information and links to data. From the Economic Policy Institute.

U.S. Department of Labor (in the 21st Century)new resource

The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.

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American Religious Identity Surveynew resource

The 2001 study was a very large survey in which over 100,000 persons were questioned about their religious preferences.

Association of Religion Data Archives

Provides access to data on American and international religion.

Faith Communities Todaynew resource

FACT/CCSP primary purposes are to offer research-based resources for congregational development, and to enhance the capacity of our partners to do and to use research within their particular communities.

List of Denominational Homepagesnew resource

An A-Z directory of North American church denominations or organizations; broadly inclusive, however, the web site listed might not be an official denominational site nor represent an "official" perspective of a national religious entity.

Sociology of Religion (Hartford Institute for Religion Research)

A guide to internet resources on this topic; contains some full-text articles.

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Rural & Urban Sociology
Center for Urban and Regional Ecologynew resource

Based at Georgia Tech, this institute examines how ecology and environmental technologies affect the quality or urban life.

Country Roads Newtworknew resource

An original "Rural Lifestyle" network that defines its audience as those people outside of the top 50 metro-plexes. Resources to support rural living and its significance in American society.

Global Development Research Center - Urban Managementnew resource

The UEM Homepage is an output of the Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative (UEMRI), a grouping of urban planning researchers from around the world. It looks at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments, creating sustainable ecosystems.

Rural Sociological Societynew resource

The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application and dissemination of sociological knowledge

U.S. Rural Utilities Servicesnew resource

USDA Rural Development Utilities Programs carries on this tradition helping rural utilities expand and keep their technology up to date

Urban Ecologynew resource

Urban Ecology has used urban planning, ecology, and public participation to help design and build healthier citie

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U.S. Government Data

CenStats Databases

Includes a variety of applications, including the census tract street locator, zip code business patterns, USA Counties, etc.

CIESIN's U.S. - Demography Home Page

Part of an initiative to identify, document, and provide simple access to demographic information the U.S. Provides access to data resources, supporting documentation (codebooks, data dictionaries, citations), some extraction tools for data access, and connects to an anonymous ftp service for data file retrieval.

County and City Data Book

Find the latest official statistics for cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, all U.S. counties, and places of 2,500 or more inhabitants.

Current Population Survey (CPS)

A comprehensive body of data on the employment and unemployment experience of the Nation's population, classified by age, sex, race, etc.

CPS Utilities

"CPS on Web is a set of utilities enabling you to access CPS data and documentation from this website. At no charge, you may make tables and graphs from the CPS data, make estimations, get summaries and statistical measures, search the documentation, and make your own variables as functions of the existing ones. For a fee, you may also download data extractions."

DataWeb: DataFerret

TheDataWeb is a network of online data libraries based on datasets provided by several U.S. government agencies including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Center for Disease Control. Data topics include census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, and vital statistics data. Users need to download the DataFerret application (available from that site) in order to access and use the datasets.


A searchable guide to statistics produced by more than 100 Federal agencies.

Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850 to 1990

Contains "decennial census data on several characteristics of the foreign-born population, including country of birth, length of residence in the United States, citizenship and age-sex distribution."

High School and Beyond

High School and Beyond describes the activities of seniors and sophomores as they progressed through high school, postsecondary education, and into the workplace. The data span 1980 through 1992 and include parent, teacher, high school transcript, student financial aid records, and college transcripts in addition to student questionnaires. From the National Center for Education Statistics.

Historical Census Browser

Data on the population and economy of the U.S. from 1790 to 1960 by state and county. From the University of Virginia Library.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA)

Thirty-eight high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses 1850 to 2004. A rich source of quantitative information on long-term changes in the American population. From the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.

National Longitudinal Surveys

A nationally representative sample of 12,686 young men and young women who were 14 to 22 years of age when they were first surveyed in 1979. Data collected during the yearly surveys of the NLSY chronicle changes in their lives and provide researchers an opportunity to study the life course experiences of a group of young adults who can be considered representative of all American men and women born in the late 1950s and early 1960s. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

Data from the 5th edition (1997-1998) are available here. Also available are lists of state and metropolitan area rankings.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract contains a collection of statistics (over 1400 tables and graphs) on social, economic, and international subjects. Data for selected years are available in pdf format.

U.S. Census Bureau

Search for information, view their product catalog, use their data extraction tools from this page.

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