Online data repositories allow you to search, locate, browse and download data from a variety of social and economic data sources.

Use these sites to find a dataset of interest, check out the frequencies and make some crosstabs – all without having to know a statistical analysis package. To analyze data more in-depth, we recommend that the dataset be downloaded into an analysis package such as SPSS, SAS, or Stata. For help about Data Services, different datasets and statistical programs, please see our Online Help.


Borealis: The Canadian Dataverse Repository

The Carleton University Dataverse Collection is the research data repository for Carleton University. The platform makes it easy for researchers to deposit data, create appropriate metadata, and version documents as you work. Access to data and supporting documentation can be controlled down to the file level, and researchers can choose to make content available publicly, only to select individuals, or to keep it completely locked. All data is hosted on Canadian servers, in a secure environment that conforms to industry best practices for maintaining data integrity and longevity. To learn more view this page or contact us.


The Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure provides the ability to search for survey questions (variables) across thousands of datasets. The data are in different formats, such as microdata, Excel and B2020 files. Some of the datasets are open to public use and others are restricted to Carleton users and require a log in. For more details on navigating and downloading datasets from <odesi> visit this page.

Abacus Data Network

The Abacus Data Network is the research data repository of the British Columbia Research Libraries' Data Services, a collaboration involving the Data Libraries at Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic).


Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

The CESSDA Data Portal provides a seamless interface to datasets from over 13 social science data archives across Europe.

European Social Survey (ESS)

The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. The survey covers over 30 nations.

ZACAT - GESIS Online Study Catalogue

A social science data portal allowing you to search for, browse, analyse and download social science survey data. Includes data from the ISSPs, Eurobarometers and several other data series.

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