New Catalog Search Options

The Meriam Library recently completed a project to “re-scope” our collection. What this means is that by using the dropdown menu to the right of the search box in the Library Catalog, the patron can now easily limit their searches to a variety of online materials such as eBooks, eReference, eMedia, and eGovDocs.

Whether you are a distance education student, or a student or faculty member working from home,  the ability to limit your search to what is immediately available to you can simplify, streamline, and improve your search experience.

Below is a full list of scopes you can use to limit your searches.

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Journals/Newspapers
  • Reference
  • eReference
  • DVD/Videos
  • eMedia
  • Theses
  • Gov Docs
  • eGov Docs
  • Special Collections
  • Reserve

 

 

 

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) database is a vast resource of searchable social science data research.  This excellent resource for research data is now available to Chico State University by the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.

The ICPSR describes the database as:

“A searchable database that contains over 60,000 citations of known published and unpublished works resulting from analyses of data held in the ICPSR archive. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation (SES-9977984), the Bibliography represents over 50 years of scholarship in the quantitative social sciences, extending from the inception of ICPSR in 1962 to the present.

In most cases, analyses of numeric data formed the foundation for the literature, although in some cases the data played a less prominent role in supporting the research. The literature includes journal articles, books, book chapters, government and agency reports, working papers, dissertations, conference papers, meeting presentations, unpublished manuscripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and audiovisual materials.” for more information see the ICPSR Webpage.

Some datasets include:

  • U. S. Census data
  • Community and urban studies
  • Conflict, aggression, and wars within, between and among nations
  • Economic behavior, attitudes, and series of consumer surveys
  • Higher education general information surveys
  • Surveys of natural and social scientists and engineers
  • Elites and leadership studies
  • Survey of energy crisis attitudes and conservation behavior
  • Geographic names information system
  • Governmental structures, policies, and capabilities
  • Historical and contemporary public policy indicators
  • National survey on health care and health facilities
  • International systems: linkages, relationships, and events
  • Legal systems, national survey of lawyers’ career satisfaction
  • Congressional roll call voting records
  • Mass political behavior and attitudes, election studies series
  • Social institutions and behavior; minorities and race relations; religion, socialization, students and youth; age and the life cycle; crime and the criminal justice system; vital statistics and family

Find data:

From the ICPSR Database, you can search by:

  • Keyword
  • Topic
  • Series
  • Geography
  • Investigator
  • International Data

Access:

Link to the ICPSR to access the database (login off campus is required).  A free account through the ICPSR database is required to download all of the data sets.  To create an account go to Log in/Create Account in the upper left hand corner.

For questions about ICPSR contact Jodi Shepherd, Political Science Librarian at jrshepherd @ csuchico.edu or Ask a Librarian.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research: iPoll

Roper Center iPoll

Have you ever needed to know how many people recycle or what the public opinion on crime is?  Well, now you can find it!  A new database provided to the University and Meriam Library by the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences and overseen by the Political Science Department offers historical and current poll data in the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Database, iPoll.  Poll data is collected from several public opinion providers including Associated Press, CNN, Gallup, New York Times, Pew Research Center, Time Magazine, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and more.

Data Access
Whether you’re interested in analyzing social trends, finding answers to individual questions or conducting more detailed secondary analysis, chances are you’ll find it in the data archives at the Roper Center.

With the Roper Center iPoll Data you can find current poll data such as:

How many people approve of how President Obama is handling his job? (47% Approve, 50% Disapprove; 3% No opinion)[i]

How many people consider themselves pro-choice?  (52% Strongly pro-life; 13% Somewhat pro-life; 11% Somewhat pro-choice; 21% Strongly pro-choice; 3% Don’t know/Refused)[ii]

How many people thought they would watch a romantic comedy on Valentine’s Day? (11% Very likely; 22% Somewhat likely; 21% Not too likely; 46% Not at all likely; <.5% Don’t know/Refused)[iii]

Historic data back to 1935 such as:

What did people think about sending troops to Europe in 1950? (36% Approve; 56% Disapprove; 8% Don’t Know)[iv]

Did people think that facts about communism and socialism should be taught in schools in 1936? (62% Yes; 38% No)[v]

In 1985, did people believe that the reported UFO’s were actually from other civilizations?  (43% True; 57% False)[vi]

In addition, charts and SPSS data are provided!

In 1957 how many people thought that the the top speed of an automobile should be 65 MPH?

Poll question:

REQUIRE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS TO BUILD CARS WITH A TOP SPEED NOT OVER 65 MILES PER HOUR?   Gallup Poll (AIPO), Jun, 1957

 

62% GOOD IDEA
33% POOR IDEA
5% NO OPINION

Graph

Gallup Poll (AIPO), Jun, 1957. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To access the Roper iPoll database, go to Databases A-Z  or go directly to the iPoll Database

You do not need an account to search and view questions, answers and charts.  An account is needed to download full sets of questionnaires and SPSS data.  An account can be created by clicking the “Sign in” link in the database.  It is important to use your CSU Chico email address to create an account.

More information:

Handout on searching: http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/pdf/iPOLL_Basic_Search_Pocket_Guide.pdf

Tutorials: http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll_tutorials.html

Webinars: http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/research/webinars_workshops.html

For questions or assistance with this resource, contact jodi shepherd jrshepherd @ csuchico.edu or Ask a Librarian.

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[i] CNN/ORC International Poll, Mar, 2013. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

[ii]Jordan Winery National Survey of Republicans, Feb, 2013. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

[iii] PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, Feb, 2013. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

[iv] Foreign Affairs Survey, Dec, 1950. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut.

[v] Gallup Poll, Mar, 1936. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

[vi] Public Attitudes Towards and Understanding of Science and Technology Trend Survey, Nov, 1985. Retrieved Mar-20-2013 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html