The Data Library is available to all social scientists
in the University. Its purpose is to store and maintain many of the important
socio-economic datasets that are available for further analysis, and to
facilitate access to the wealth of data that these contain. The Data Services
Officer, Jane Roberts,
provides assistance to those who are hoping to use existing data for their
The Library's holdings
The range of datasets accessible through the Library
Advice on data sources
- The Government-produced continuous multi-purpose
surveys of large samples of the population, such as the General
Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey. These rich datasets
offer researchers the opportunity to explore the relationships
between family composition, housing, income, employment, education,
health and so on.
- Ad hoc surveys (which may be repeated to provide
a series), using smaller samples, but covering specific topics
in more detail. There are datasets covering the whole range of
subjects of interest to social scientists.
- European, American and multi-national datasets,
providing opportunities for international comparisons.
We can provide information on their contents and make arrangements
We have access to information sources on the whole
range of data that are currently available, including searching facilities
of holdings at the UK Data Archive and other Archives around the world.
Any new datasets that are required can normally be ordered and mounted here
in a few days.
We can provide assistance with the transfer of data
and documentation between users and between sites.
If we can help you, please contact
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February 11, 2011
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