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At a Glance

Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) is a group within the Stanford Libraries that provides services and support to Stanford faculty, staff and students in the acquisition, curation, and preservation of social science data and the selection and use of quantitative (statistical) and qualitative analysis software. 

SSDS data librarians help researchers navigate the array of digital and print data resources available at Stanford and beyond, and to download online data in a variety of statistical formats.  In addition, SSDS data librarians work with Stanford researchers to curate, redistribute and archive their social science research data. 

SSDS software consultants are Stanford doctoral students who provide support in the use of the most popular quantitative (statistical) software, SPSS, Stata, R, and SAS, and qualitative software, NVivo, ATLAS.ti, and Dedoose. Consultants provide assistance and information for researchers who are at various stages in their projects. Examples include selecting a software package for a research project, providing resources for learning and teaching statistical and qualitative analysis software, planning before data collection, tips for data entry, solutions to common software problems, and data management, data reshaping and data conversion.

SSDS supports the following resources and services:

Consulting and Workshops

Consulting is available via email, by appointment or during scheduled walk-in hours in The Velma Denning Room, located in the Social Sciences Resource Center (SSRC) on the first floor of the Green Library Bing Wing.  Walk-in consulting takes place during fall, winter and spring quarters. In addition, Stanford users can contact us with their questions or to make an appointment.

SSDS staff members offer workshops during fall, winter and spring quarters. Workshops cover ways to locate datasets, discuss how students can plan during the early stages of their research, or use quantitative software in their projects from statistical analysis of large datasets to the graphical display of summary information. Workshops also demonstrate how qualitative software options available at Stanford can help researchers organize and analyze interviews, field notes, photographs, and other types of unstructured data. Vist our workshops page for more detailed information.

Quantitative and Qualitative Software

Software Help Guides

SSDS help documents are a popular resource for learning many of our supported quantitative, qualitative and data conversion software packages.  View and download our getting started guides in PDF format.  Printed guides are located in our consulting facility, The Velma Denning Room

Software Video Tutorials

Short instructional videos created by SSDS orient new users to popular software and  guide users through basic functions of data management, manipulation and analysis.

Reference Library

Software manuals, helpful texts on statistics, codebooks, journals, magazines, and CD-ROM user documentation are available in The Velma Denning Room.  All SSDS materials are cataloged in Searchworks.

Data Resources

Data Extraction Web Interface (DEWI)

DEWI is a web-based application for accessing social science numeric data. It incorporates codebook information, allowing users to browse variables or search for them by keywords. Variables of interest can be selected, extracted, and downloaded to your computer in a variety of formats with popular statistical software. DEWI datasets are selected from the Stanford University Libraries' collection. Find out more about this unique system on our DEWI page or connect directly to DEWI at http://dewi.stanford.edu.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) & The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

Stanford is a member of these important resources for social science research. Stanford users can download datasets directly from the ICPSR Data Archive on any computer in the Stanford University network, or connect off-campus via Stanford's proxy server.  Consult our ICPSR page for more information. The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research includes the popular iPOLL Databank.  Detailed information about Roper and how to request a Roper dataset is available on our Roper Center page.

For general information about Stanford's membership in ICPSR and Roper, contact Ron Nakao, ronbo@stanford.edu.

Data on CD-ROM and Diskette

SSDS is home to a  rich collection of numeric data on CD-ROM and diskette produced by U.S. federal offices and agencies, international organizations and foreign governments include a range of topics and time periods. Users can browse and download data on CD-ROM via PC computer workstations in The Velma Denning Room.  Browse the online catalog SearchWorks  for full descriptions of titles in the SSDS collection.  Please contact us with your questions or to access titles in this collection.  In addition, Stanford users can access an archive of compressed data from our secure (Stanford-users only) Web site