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Machine Readable data for use in quantitative research

The Data Services unit at MU Libraries offers reference assistance to MU faculty, staff and students in the acquisition of datasets for use in teaching and original research.  Through our affiliation with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (see tabs above), MU faculty, staff and students may download any of thousands of datasets on a wide variety of topics.  We also help researchers access the growing collection of public use datasets on the Internet.


MU Campus Resources

The Social Science Statistics Center provides support for faculty and students working with statistical data. The following services are offered:

  • Application of cutting-edge statistical methods to new research questions.
  • Development of new statistical techniques that better suit the data structure.
  • Assistance with application of existing statistical techniques.
  • Methodological and computing assistance for persons who are conducting graduate research or preparing grant proposals.
  • Statistical computing assistance, such as help with installation, coding, and/or debugging computer programs such as SAS, SPSS, and R.

The Center also teaches several short courses as part of our education and and training component.

Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis supports several programs:

  • Communities: OSEDA provides information useful in strengthening the social fabric of Missouri communities large and small.
  • Decision Support: Provides governmental entities and other organizations, from small communities to the state level, with the information needed to make informed, fact-based decisions.
  • Demographics: Draws from U.S. Census Bureau data, and many other sources, to provide comprehensive, impartial analyses on an enormous range of demographic-related issues.
  • Education: Focuses on efforts to improve education from preschool through the graduate level, in urban and rural environments, with short, medium and long-term timelines.
  • Public Health: Evaluates, from a non-clinical perspective, the potential implications of efforts such as preventive medical intervention for young people to caring for the elderly.

Missouri Census Data Center

MCDC holdings consist of public machine readable data archive and numerous reports and dynamic web applications. A state-wide network of lead, coordinating and affiliate agencies provides users with assistance in accessing the MCDC holdings and answering questions regarding their use and interpretation. Data includes all states, not just Missouri. 

MU Libraries guide to Data Management Plans provides assistance in creating a data management plan for your research.

Reference Service

Reference service is available
Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Government Documents Department
106B Ellis Library (1st Floor East)
University of Missouri

Marie Concannon (573) 882-0748

Sandy Schiefer (573) 884-8123