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Accessing ICPSR datasets at AU

Preparing to obtain datasets from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research when away from campus.

Guide Author

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Stefan Kramer
Associate Director for Research Data Services

Appointments: schedule one

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5795-7629

ICPSR

What is ICPSR?

 

ICPSR stands for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations (and one of the world's largest and oldest social science data archives), of which American University is an institutional member. Thereby, AU faculty, students, and staff can find data or data-related publicationsdeposit data, and use data in teaching and learning

In order to download datasets from ICPSR, or analyze them online if available, AU users must log in (authenticate) and agree to terms of use. Setting up an individual ICPSR account is required for data access, in addition to "proving" affiliation with AU, the member institution, by connecting from an AU IP-address for account setup. The initial account setup must therefore occur either

  1. while connected to the campus (eagle-secure wireless, or wired) network, 
  2. while connected to the AU VPN, or 
  3. via the ICPSR entry on the library's list of databases.

After that initial account setup, the account will the authorized for accessing data from ICPSR for up to 1/2 year, even if the login occurs from outside of the AU IP address range. After that time period, however, the account has to be re-authenticated by one of the three methods described above.

Connecting to and downloading datasets from ICPSR is recommended only via the first two of those three connection methods - the third one, which relies on a proxy server, may cause technical difficulties. AU users who expect to need to obtain ICPSR data while away from campus are therefore urged to set up their AU VPN connection before leaving.

 

 

Help with statistical software/analyses

Where can I get help with statistical software/analyses?

If you need help with

  • selecting or using statistical software, or
  • choosing appropriate methodologies for analyses given your data and research question(s), or
  • interpreting or selecting the outputs of statistical analyses

or related matters: Work with the appropriate support contact in your academic unit, or: