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Benefits of ICPSR Membership for Drexel Researchers By Jenny James Lee, Communications Manager, University Libraries

As a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Drexel has joined approximately 700 other colleges and universities in the acquisition, preservation, and distribution of social science data.

Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity?

These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings. Note that ICPSR does not provide publications, reports, or ready-made statistics. What ICPSR does supply are the numeric raw data used to create publications, reports, and figures.

ICPSR, established in 1962, provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction and offers training in quantitative methods. To ensure that data are available to future generations of scholars, ICPSR preserves data, migrating them to new storage media as changes in technology warrant. ICPSR also provides user support to assist researchers in identifying relevant data for analysis to conduct secondary research and write articles, papers, and theses.

All staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings via any campus computer. Drexel University librarians will facilitate access to the ICPSR resources. In addition the University librarians are looking forward to engaging with ICPSR experts to work on resolving the emerging challenges of digital curation and data science here at Drexel. Please contact the Libraries through datamanagement@drexel.edu for more information.