Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.
Comprehensive index for publications of Congress, including hearings, reports, public laws, and legislative history. Many links to fulltext and citations to older printed publications found in the government documents collection.
Coverage Dates: 1789 - Present
The center, headquartered at the University of Connecticut, maintains an archive of public opinion data from polls conducted in the 1930s to the present on topics ranging from national elections to current events. View quick results of poll questions or download data sets and documentation.
Coverage Dates: 1930 - Present
CNTS Data Archive is a longitudinal dataset of over 200 variables, some going back to 1815, covering over 200 countries. Initially a project to collect the data from the Statesman's Yearbook into a format suitable for quantitative analysis, CNTS continues to grow with new data. Variables cover such topics as government expenditure, trade, infrastructure and media, domestic conflict event data, elections, legislative process, numerous political measures and international status indicators.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Ref Desk HA202 .U5 Convenient compilation of frequently sought statistics on a broad range of topics. Includes references to data sources. Older editions in the library stacks.
Spatial Data & GIS
Taking a spatial perspective on your research may help you ask and answer new questions. Spatial data can be challenging to interpret if you have not worked with it before. For assistance with spatial analysis and mapping, visits Data@Reed.
Thousands of geospatial data layers available through a single interface. Data types include US census; elevation; transportation; hydrography; administrative boundaries; land use; demographics; topographic maps; satellite imagery; and aerial photography.
An implementation of OpenGeoPortal - a partnership between several of the country's leading universities and a state agency. Partners include Tufts, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, MassGIS, Stanford and UC Berkeley.
The NHGIS provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2011. Site contains state and county aggregate data and boundary files, census tract aggregate data and boundary files, census data at all geographic summary levels, boundary files for metropolitan statistical areas, boundary files for all standard geographic summary levels, County Business Patterns data, etc.
The Oregon Spatial Data Library provides public access to hundreds of spatial datasets. Data types include administrative boundaries; climate; coastal/marine; elevation; hydrography; land use; transportation; and utilities.
RLIS (Regional Land Information System) provides regional spatial data from Metro. Includes more the 100 GIS map layers. Some data layers are password protected, see Social Sciences Librarian, Data Services Librarian, or Director of Collection Services for access.
TIGER = Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing. TIGER products are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas. The Census Bureau offers several file types and an online mapping application.