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Criminal Justice Students doing Research look no Further!

If you are doing research in criminal justice, you might want to check out the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) database . This database “is the world’s largest archive of digital social science data.��? It is a part of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.. ICPSR’s mission is to acquire, preserve, and distribute original data as well as to provide training in its analysis. Since the University at Albany is a member of ICPSR, most of the files in the archive are free to download. This data is in a form that can be used with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata. If you are a researcher willing to let others access your data, you can contribute your data to ICPSR as well. ICPSR also contains data in the fields of sociology, political science, demography, history, economics, gerontology, public health, education, and international relations.

You can access the ICPSR database from the Databases & Indexes page by either typing in “ICPSR��? in the “Find a database��? field or by selecting the letter “I��? in the “Browse by database title��? field.
The data from ICPSR can also be accessed from National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) which is also sponsored by the University at Michigan. This database is funded by ICPSR, as well as the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Institute of Justice.

To access the data of interest to criminal justice students, on the ICPSR home page display the “Our Research��? menu at the top of the screen and select : Research Projects. Then display the menu in the “Show me all items related to : field and select “Criminology and Criminal Justice��? and select the “Go��? button.

The following projects are displayed:
• CrimeStat –is a spatial statistics program for the analysis of crime incident locations.( http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/CRIMESTAT/)
• Minority Data Resource Center (MDRC) – is an archive that provides data resources for the comparative analysis of issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/MDRC/)
• National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) – contains over 700 data collections related to criminal justice. (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/)
• Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) – is a large scale, interdisciplinary study of how families, schools, and neighborhoods affect child and adolescent development.( http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/PHDCN/)
• Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center (TPDRC) – archives and distributes data collected by government agencies, non-governmental agencies, and researchers about the nature of domestic and international terrorism incidents, organizations, perpetrators, and victims. (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/TPDRC/)

The ICPSR contact here at the University at Albany Libraries is the librarian Lorre Smith. Earlier this month she held two classes that gave a brief introduction to ICPSR, how to search the archives, and how to download data. If you missed these classes and would like some help with learning more about ICPSR, feel free to contact Lorre Smith in the Science Library by phone (437-3946) or by email (lsmith@uamail.albany.edu).

Blog post created by Judith Mueller