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Advanced Psychology Research Guide

Advanced Research Processes and Sources in Psychology

American Psychological Association Advice

More Data, Less HassleResearchers share tips on collecting data more efficiently

Information Gold MinesLarge-scale databases are free, acesssible and provide great research data

Ready, set—collect!: Experts offer advice on how to make your IRB approval, participant recruitment and data collection go smoothly

Finding Datasets

Sage Stats (library database): includes datasets that span all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas dating back more than 20 years. Topics covered include health, social welfare, population, education, and more. 

American Psychological Association (APA) List of Datasets and Repositories: an annotated list of datasets and institutional repositories on the American Psychological Association website.

Datasets and Repositories 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA): The lead federal government agency for behavioral health data and research, SAMHDA provides current behavioral health data, research, and reports. Check out their About Us page and Mission page for more information. To get help with your questions or request data, check out their FAQs page or use their Contact Us form.

ICPSR (Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Sciences Research)The largest Behavioral and Social Science data archive in the United States. ICPSR is a unit within the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and its office is in Ann Arbor. UM-Dearborn is one of ICPSR's 760 member institutions.

  • Use these Webinars and ICPSR's Help Page for help and information on using ICPSR
  • To download and upload data, you need to login to the site via MyData, even if you're from a member institution. To create a MyData account:
    • go to the Login to ICPSR site
    • scroll down to the Login via MyData heading and click on Create Account 
  • Email your questions about using ICPSR, or call 734-647-2200 for general questions

NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics): Provides datasets and statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of Americans. 

ODUM Dataverse Network Datasets for a wide variety of Behavioral and Social Science studies.

PEW Social and Demographic TrendsDatasets from studies of behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives

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