1. Download from a website to your computer.
The most convenient way to obtain data is to download it from a web-based data archive. MU faculty, staff and students may freely download datasets from ICPSR and also from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (see tabs above). There are also many more sources for data on the internet, some of which are freely available, and others which can be licensed for a fee.
2. If data is not available online, check out a CD or DVD from MU Libraries
Ellis Library has a small collection of data CDs and DVDs including such titles as the General Social Survey and the Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive. We also have discs issued by federal agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Census Bureau, and more. Be aware that older CDs may have compatibility problems with modern operating systems. The best bet is to look for historic data in an archive like Data.gov. MU Libraries' data disks are cataloged in MERLIN, but not necessarily shelved together.