Data Sets and Statistical Databases

Listed here are major statistical and data sources available to the Carleton community through the Library. Make an appointment with Kristin for help finding more data sets and statistical resources in the collection and online.

For more help finding data sources on the web, take a look at these resources:

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  • CEDDS (Complete Economic and Demographic Data Source) (1969-2040 • Statistics)
    • Historical, current and projected socioeconomic data for the United States, regions, counties, and special statistical areas.
    • More Info: EndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • China Data Online (1949 - current • Statistics)
    • Monthly and annual socioeconomic statistics at the national, province, county, and city-levels from China. Includes annual statistical yearbooks and industrial statistics.
    • More Info: EndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • CNTS Data Archive (Cross-National Time Series) (1815 - current • Statistics)
    • Statistical data for over 200 indicators, and time series data in some cases going back as far as 1815, for over 200 countries. Variables include government expenditure, trade, infrastructure and media, domestic conflict event data, elections, legislative process, numerous political measures and international status indicators. 2013 edition.
    • More Info: About CNTS Data ArchiveEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • CQ Voting and Elections Collection (varies (presidential election results from 1789 and forward) • Statistics, Biographies, Reference articles)
    • Data and analyses of US elections, including data on presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, political parties, campaigns, and demographic information.
    • More Info: CQ Voting and Elections Collection HelpEndNote Import: CQ Voting and Elections Collection-CC


  • Data-Planet (formerly ProQuest Datasets) (Statistics, Government records)
    • Creates interactive statistical tables, charts and maps from over 4.3 billion licensed and public domain datasets from over 75 sources within a single interface. Topics include: agriculture and food, finance, criminal justice, education, energy, government and politics, health, housing, income, industry and business, international relations and trade, labor and employment, military, natural resources, population, prices and consumption, transportation and traffic.
    • More Info: Data-Planet GuideEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • DOTS (Direction of Trade Statistics) Online (1980 - current • Statistics)
    • Online access to the Direction of Trade Statistics - time series of value of exports and imports between countries and their trading partners, published by the IMF (International Monetary Fund).
    • More Info: Direction of Trade Statistics Online HelpEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible


  • Europa World Plus (Reference articles, Statistics)
    • The online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. Provides up-to-date political and economic information for more than 250 countries and territories.
    • More Info: Europa World Plus HelpEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible




  • ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) (Statistics)
    • A repository of social science datasets for secondary research. Members of the Carleton community may search the catalog, read data documentation and download datasets after creating a personal "MyData" account with their Carleton email address.
    • More Info: Data User Help CenterEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • ICRG (International Country Risk Guide) Researchers' Dataset (1984-2012 • Statistics)
    • Political risk assessment data for 147 countries. Related to the IRIS-3 dataset. Published by the PRS Group.
    • More Info: EndNote Import: Not Endnote compatible
  • IFS (International Financial Statistics) Online (1945 - current • Statistics)
    • Online access to the International Financial Statistics - approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas, published by the IMF (International Monetary Fund).
    • More Info: About International Financial StatisticsEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • IMF Datasets (Statistics)
    • Access to all of the datasets from the IMF (International Monetary Fund) such as Balance of Payments Statistics, Direction of Trade Statistics, Monetary and Financial Statistics and more.
    • More Info: EndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • iPOLL Databank (1942-current • Statistics)
    • US public opinion poll data, organized at the question level. NOTE: You will need to register with your Carleton email address to begin fully using this database.
    • More Info: iPOLL user guide, iPoll SupportEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible


  • LAPOP (varies • Statistics)
    • Public opinion surveys of individuals in Latin American countries about their political views, specifically related to democracy.
    • More Info: EndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • LatinobarĂ³metro (1995-2009 • Statistics)
    • An annual public opinion survey of approximately 19,000 interviews in 18 countries in Latin America representing more than 400 million inhabitants.
    • More Info: Article about the survey, About LatinobarĂ³metroEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • LexisNexis Statistical (Statistics, Government records)
    • See ProQuest Statistical Insight


  • Mergent Archives (Business Information, Statistics)
    • Digitized corporate and industry documents dating back to the early 1900s including annual reports, Moody's Municipal and Government Manuals back to 1909 (history of corporate America), Moody's Corporate Manuals back to 1918, Ford Equity Research Reports, and Mergent Industry Reports back to 2003, Dun & Bradstreet Country Reports and Country Insight Reports, 20 years of Hoover's business handbooks, D&B Million Dollar Directories back to 1959, CRB Commodity Yearbook back to 1939.
    • More Info: About Mergent ArchivesEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • Mergent Intellect (Business Information, Statistics)
    • Basic company information for over 20 million North American and 70 million global companies (directory information from Hoovers and Dun and Bradstreet) as well as industry profiles. Also includes WhitePages data allowing for people and business search including reverse phone lookup. The Global Corporate Family Tree feature places companies into their full ownership context. Customized reports and lists can be downloaded to Excel, Word and PDF formats.
    • More Info: Mergent Intellect HelpEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible
  • Mergent Online (Statistics, Business Information)
    • Corporate financial information for U.S. and international public companies. Includes annual reports, corporate history, ownership structure changes, subsidiaries, property holdings, annual and quarterly financial data (current and historical), 30 years of stock prices, current long term debt, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, bonds, Moody's ratings, capital stock, and links to recent news reports. Also includes country profiles and time series economic data back to 1984. Create customized analyses and comparison reports for companies and their industries. Financials can be searched and downloaded into spreadsheet format.
    • More Info: Mergent Online HelpEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible


  • OECD iLibrary (1998 - current • Journal articles - full text, Grey Literature, Statistics)
    • Contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998. Includes journals, working papers, multi-lingual summaries, e-books, tables and graphs, chapters and articles, and datasets with more than 4.5 billion data points.
    • More Info: OECD iLibrary Getting Started Guide (PDF)EndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible



  • Roper Center Dataset Search (1942-current • Statistics)
    • Over 18,000 public opinion survey datasets available for download and analysis. If you would rather search by individual question, see iPoll instead. NOTE: You will need to register with your Carleton email address to begin fully using this database.
    • More Info: Roper Center Dataset Search Tutorial, iPoll SupportEndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible



  • USA Trade Online (Statistics)
    • Latest official statistics on U.S. foreign trade. Must be accessed within Gould Library with the assistance of a reference librarian.
    • More Info: EndNote Import: Not EndNote compatible