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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.