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Sociology: Data & Statistics

Subjects: Sociology


Databases, collections storing structured and organised data, can be searched, queried and accessed electronically. They contain large amounts of data including (but not limited to) statistics, bibliographic information, images and abstracts.

Bibliographic databases are a useful tool for finding scholarly literature in your subject area. This includes (but is not limited to) journal articles, conference proceedings and books. They are very useful to consult when carrying out your own research because:

  • they provide powerful search functionality
  • have citation tools
  • have thesauri
  • their content is selected by experts in your subject

Bibliographic databases are helpful when you want to start exploring beyond your reading list or are researching a new topic.

To see bibliographic databases go to Journals and Working papers page of this Guide.

Below is a selection of sources of data and statistics available for researchers and students at the University of Oxford. To see more sources, and find out about services for those who need to make secondary use of statistics and data, go to

The Bodleian Data Library

Provides a range of services for researchers and students at the University of Oxford who need to make secondary use of statistics and data with the initial focus on the social sciences -
  • supports researchers and students in finding, accessing and using social science statistics and data;
  • manages the access and curation of restricted and sensitive datasets which may not be networked including data supplied by Eurostat;
  • offers a new data brokering and clearing house service for the acquisition of datasets by research centres in the Social Sciences Division;
  • provides consultancy services and highlights training opportunities;
  • alerts researchers to new sources of data.

For data enquiries and help please email, or contact the Data Librarian direct: John Southall (tel.: 01865 285936) at the Bodleian Social Science Library.

Terms you may encounter in your research

Related items of (chiefly numerical) information considered collectively, typically obtained by scientific work and used for reference, analysis, or calculation. (OED)

A structured set of data held in computer storage and typically accessed or manipulated by means of specialized software. (OED)

(Web) Portal:
A web-based platform (website's infrastructure) that collects information from different sources into a single user interface and presents users with the most relevant information for their context.

You can look up statistical terms and definitions in

Databases: Data & Statistics

Oxford subscribes to many databases that are available to Bodleian users. In addition we list here some databases relevant to study and research in Sociology that are freely available to all.

The tabs at the top of this section take you to key Data & Statistics databases for Sociology, and a link to a selection of browsable Sociology databases.

You can also search for specific databases, both bibliographic and statistical via SOLO, but bear in mind that some key texts may be available via a database but not individually listed on SOLO.

Help with databases

For those seeking advice on accessing databases, we recommend the following guides:

Below are key databases applicable to those studying Economics at Oxford.


Depending on the database provider, you may need to use your Oxford Single Sign On to access materials.

Here you find databases that provide data and statistics by country or region, as well as some cross-national databases.


Depending on the database provider, you may need to use your Oxford Single Sign On to access materials.

To browse a list of databases for Sociology, follow the link below which takes you through to Databases A-Z.

Recommend a database

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have a database you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).