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Data and Statistics for Social Sciences: Getting Started



A financial market intelligence database that replaces Thomson Reuters’ previous products ‘Datastream’ and ‘Thomson One’ now available on one desktop workstation in the “SSL Data Area”.
It provides information on markets, indices, company and economic information and historical financial data. It provides access to trusted, up to the minute and accurate content from more than 5 million securities world-wide. Coverage includes Pricing Data, Research, Fundamentals, Financial Estimates, News and Charts.

More information is available on SOLO and on directly from Thomson Reuters along with their training materials. Guides are available in the SSL Data Area or to download from the SSL website guides section.

How to find

Social Science Data

Bodleian Libraries provides access to an extensive collection of databases via OxLIP+.

The BDL provides a range of services for researchers & students at the University of Oxford who need to make secondary use of statistics and data.

Nuffield College Library, the largest social science library outside of the Bodleian Libraries holds collections relating to the interests of College members.

If you wish to ask a question or seek more help then please contact the Bodleian Social Science Library.

Big Data on

Big Data Tutorials on

Just use your Single sign-on (SSO) to find out about Big Data, a phrase used to quantify data sets that are so large and complex that they become difficult to exchange, secure, and analyze with typical tools. These courses on big data show you how to solve these problems, and many more, with leading IT tools and techniques.

New and Trial Resources

U.S. Representative General - County and Congressional District Level Vote 2004 dataset

A selection of high-quality, very detailed election data sets, compiled from official sources relating to U.S. Representative General - County and Congressional District Level Votes for the election of 2004. This contains a breakdown of voting by State, County, Town and Congressional Dsitrict. Graphs, statistics and candidate names are also included. The files include state, county, and town-level FIPS codes.
These data were created as part of ‘Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections’, a web based resource that disseminates aggregated data in the form of graphs and maps for U.S presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial elections.

Access (via Weblearn) and use restricted to members of the University.


Research Methods Online

A collection of ebook content put together  to help understand research methods. The site includes access to the entire "Little Green Book" and "Little Blue Book" series as well as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks and other commissioned material; also includes a unique methods map and a discussion forum.

Subject and Data Librarian

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John Southall
Bodleian Social Science Library
Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ
+44 (0)1865 2-85936

Data Explorer

Google Public Data Explorer makes large, public-interest datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You can navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.

Remote access

Search fot data on OXLIP+

Start your search for a database on OxLIP+

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