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Data and Statistics for Social Sciences: Getting Started

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended primarily for researchers and students studying Social Sciences at the University of Oxford. It provides information on where to find general and subject-specific data and statistics, how to manage data, and what tools are available for data analysis.

Social Science Data

Bodleian Libraries

Provide access to an extensive collection of databases via Databases A-Z.

Bodleian Data Library (BDL)

Provides a range of services for researchers and 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.

Contact the Bodleian Social Science Library if you wish to ask a question or seek more help .


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It brings together information and links to a number of ongoing key COVID-19 studies listing those which are currently investigating the impact of COVID-19, the topics they cover and further information from the agencies running them.
Some of these studies are not yet available through the UKDS. To keep updated with the latest COVID-19 data releases, please join UKDS mailing list, or follow @UKDataService for updates.
The new survey asks thousands of respondents about the impact of the coronavirus on the welfare of UK individuals, families and wider communities. The first wave of the Understanding Society COVID-19 survey is now available to researchers through the UK Data Service.
To highlight some of the features of the dataset, the Understanding Society team is putting together short briefing notes focusing on specific topics. The first briefing note on The Economic Effects of COVID-19 pandemic is available to download.

Subject and Data Librarian

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

Google tools

google tools

Dataset Search
Enables users to find data sets stored across the web through a simple keyword search. The tool surfaces information about data sets hosted in thousands of repositories across the web, making these data sets universally accessible and useful.
Public Data Explorer
Makes large public-interest datasets easy to explore, visualise and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. Navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.