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General research guide for OSU's Sociology program, part of the School of Public Policy. Covers both undergraduate and graduate research.

Useful Websites


Data Sites

  • Pew Social & Demographic Trends  The Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.

Policy Studies

Social Movements


  • Odum Institute: Public Opinion Poll Database Repository for the Louis Harris polls from 1958 to present. Includes Roper Center's International Survey Library Assoc., data from the Inter-University Consortium for Political Science Research and from the National Network of State Polls. Availability of data for download varies.
  • Roper Center
    Provides access to more than 10,000 survey files. Data drawn from 100 countries over 60 years.


Oregon Explorer

Oregon Explorer provides a web-based natural resources digital library  by integrating data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens. A collaboration between Oregon State University Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon Explorer helps inform decisions and actions affecting Oregon's natural environment.

Some of the modules can also be very useful for researchers in the social sciences. You can easily access community data in the Rural Communities Explorer. It contains the Oregon Communities Reporter, a unique resource for community practitioners linking the 723 places and 36 counties in Oregon to data gathered at the place, census tract, and county levels by various agencies and institutions. Using the Oregon Communities Reporter you can get a sense of the makeup of the communities in Oregon with statistics compiled by faculty from Oregon State University's Rural Studies Program.