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When the data is available electronically for sociological research and analysis, they are typically called "data sets". Below is a list of online resources to access data sets.
The CIA World Factbook
The Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Mapping the Measure of america
Measure of America is a project of the Social Science Research Council that is a international tool that measures health, education and income in the United States. Data can be downloaded.
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is a part of the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) and is responsible for collecting data from birth and death records, medical records, etc.
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health)
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with four in-home interviews, the most recent in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32.
National Survey of Families and Households
The National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) was designed to provide a broad range of information on family life to serve as a resource for research across disciplinary perspectives.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The world's largest archive of public opinion polling data,
StateMaster, a unique statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states. Data is collected from several federal agencies.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics Center
Primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.
World Health Organization Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
The WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) has been incorporated into the Global Health Observatory (GHO) to provide you with more data, more tools, more analysis and more reports.
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