Databases: ICPSR: Inter-university consortium for political and social research
Established in 1962, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a membership-based organization, with hundreds of member institutions (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/membership/ors.html) around the world. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Users are able to download data sets themselves after creating a login. For detailed information on using ICPSR, including how to create a login and download a data set, see the NCSU Libraries' explanatory pages at http://wee.lib.ncsu.edu/data/icpsr.html. ICPSR also provides user support via NCSU Libraries' official representative, as well as summer workshops in quantitative methods (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/index.html).