We have chosen a few interesting data sources that are popular with our clients. Browse the sites and discover what is available to you. For more information, contact Data Services.

COOL Research Data Centre

Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais are collaborators of the COOL RDC, which is located in the Morisset Library at University of Ottawa.

COOL RDC provides secure access to detailed Statistics Canada data for researchers with Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) approved research projects. The RDC is part of a national university initiative to use Statistics Canada master files with a view to strengthen social research capacity and support social and economic policy analysis in Canada.


The Data Liberation Initiative's site allows you to browse the DLI Community and the DLI Survey Collection. There is a list of abstracts, data and metadata available online. This does not include the Statistics Canada Census (population and agriculture) or Geography products. The site also includes the DLI product release dates and the survey names and acronyms in both official languages.

This web module may only be accessed from the institutional networks of Canadian postsecondary institutions participating in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). If you are a student or a member of a participating institution and you are unable to access these pages through your institutional network, please inform the DLI contact at your institution.

Peruse a List of surveys and statistical programs by record number from Statistics Canada.

To check out questions and answers about various DLI surveys, check out DIGRS (Data Interest Group for Reference Services).

If you see something in which you are interested, get in touch with Data Services with the exact name and date of the survey and we will obtain it for you.


The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research maintains an index of international datasets available for use. ICPSR Direct is a service providing direct access to the ICPSR holdings for all students, faculty, and staff at Carleton University. With ICPSR Direct, any user with an authorized IP address may download data from ICPSR for academic research and teaching. To learn how to use ICPSR to its full potential view this powerpoint.


Carleton University's Office of Institutional Research and Planning provides data and statistics on applicants, students, graduates, employees, and classes. As well, there are links to survey results and Carleton's performance indicators.

Statistics Canada

Information about: the Census; different education resources; certain Canadian statistics; products and services available; concepts, definitions and methods used; and other interesting information about Statistics Canada. It also has a thematic search button which can be useful.

Women, Peace and Security Index

The 2019 Women, Peace, and Security Index ranks 167 countries on women's equality. It reveals trends in women's wellbeing across 11 indicators, and offers subnational data for China, India and Nigeria. Many options are offered to explore the topic including: downloading the data; exploring by country; index rankings; exploring by dimension; and exploring by highlight.

Sources: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Peace Research Institute of Oslo

The Homeless Hub

"The Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information centre representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking to address the need for a single place to find homelessness information from across Canada."

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