CSSR Resources

The Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) aims to provide a variety of resources to help advance social research. In addition to CSSR services and trainings, the team can assist in directing researchers to appropriate databases and campus entities.


Below is a listing of well-known archives of social sciences data. Select archives and data repositories are specific to certain research communities.

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA): The ARDA strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. 

Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR): The DSDR provides support to the demographic research community for accessing demographic data. 

Data.gov: Home of the U.S. Government’s open data, scholars can find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data, and visualizations.

Re3data : This database contains a large searchable collection of online research data repositories. 

Harvard Dataverse Network: This network is open to all scientific data from all disciplines worldwide and it includes one of the world’s largest collection of social science research data.

Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA): The HMCA includes surveys of health care professionals and organizations, investigations of access to medical care, surveys on substance abuse, and evaluations of innovative programs for the delivery of health care.

Hesburgh Libraries Datasets & Statistics Collection: The Hesburgh collection offers a comprehensive list of datasets and statistics organized by subject, location and source. 

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: A series dedicated to collecting and distributing United States Census data, which includes microdata for social and economic research.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): The ICPSR maintains one of the world’s oldest and largest digital data archives in the social sciences. It hosts specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse and terrorism, among other fields.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD): The NACJD aims to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources. 

National Opinion Research Center (NORC): The NORC data includes information on health and family, energy consumption, childhood immunization, social behavior, employment, retirement, as well as administrative records, opinions, and biomarkers and biomeasures. 

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research: The Roper Center focuses on public opinion data from commercial and media survey organizations. The Center archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples since 1930.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA): The SAMHDA promotes the use of the nation’s preeminent substance abuse and mental health research data. Data includes the U.S. general and special populations, annual series, and designs that produce nationally representative estimates. 

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues. 

Campus Entities

Beyond the CSSR, there are additional campus entities available to provide social science resources to the Notre Dame research community:

Center for Research Computing: Staff at the Center for Research Computing can help with storage, manipulation, and analysis of large data sets. The CRC can also be of assistance in projects dealing with more advanced GIS requirements.

Hesburgh Libraries: Researchers are encouraged to contact a subject librarian at Hesburgh who can help search for data sources. Other resources to explore include: 

Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts: The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts help build, sustain and renew a distinguished faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and to enhance the intellectual life of the University. The institute provides support and resources for liberal arts researchers including conference support, faculty funding, fellowships and grants, student funding, and more.

Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship: Staff at the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship leverage state-of-the-art technologies to support students and faculty as they explore new methodologies, analyze complex data, and share research results in new and innovative ways.

Notre Dame Research Administration: Notre Dame Research is committed to supporting University faculty in doing what they do best – delivering cutting-edge, globally significant research, scholarship, or creative endeavor that is a force for good in the world. Therefore, Notre Dame Research Administration is available to assist faculty in all Colleges and Schools with a full suite of administrative functions, such as serving as a liaison to sponsoring agencies. From grant proposals and contracts to developing position descriptions and travel expense reimbursement, Notre Dame Research is here to assist in all areas of the research administration lifecycle.

Office of Digital Learning: The Office of Digital Learning offers researchers a team of learning designers, videographers, multimedia editors, project managers, and program coordinators that foster innovative teaching and learning at Notre Dame. Services available through the office includes digital learning design and consultation, media creation and production, and project management.

Pulte Institute for Global Development: The Pulte Institute for Global Development improves human dignity worldwide through global development research projects. The Pulte Institute supports Notre Dame faculty by connecting them with grant opportunities and projects to help further their research, while also offering student opportunities to work with Pulte Institute faculty.