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Social Explorer - Direct

Social Explorer database contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.

Social Explorer was previously provided by Oxford University Press (OUP).  In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer, Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Social Explorer, Inc.
Updated: Sep 27, 2019 10:16am

Social Explorer - OUP

The Social Explorer database was launched in 2003 by Oxford University Press (OUP), and contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.

In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer. Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Oxford University Press
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 10:45am

Population Reference Bureau Data

The Population Reference Bureau's online database features indicators, U.S. and international data resources, and the World Population Data Sheets. The resource is openly accessible, users can browse data and resources or keyword searched across the platform. 

Provider: Population Reference Bureau
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:52am

World Bank Open Data

World Bank Open Data is an online database that provides free and open access to global development, statistical data.

Provider: World Bank
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:51am

UK Data Service

Online portal to open access datasets and databases of social, economic and population data, maintained by the UK Data Service, governments and other parties, as well as related statistical information for U.K. business, academic, NGO and government sector research. https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us.

Provider: UK Data Service
Updated: Oct 14, 2018 4:30pm

Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule

Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule is a thematic series contained as a sub-set within the digitized archival content known as British Online Archives (BOA), distributed by Microform Academic Publishers (MAP).  This series includes the following collections:

Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953Colonial Law in Africa, 1808-1919Gambia under colonial rule, in Government...

Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Oct 3, 2017 12:20pm

Indiastat

Indiastat is an online gateway to socio-economic data from India, its states, regions, and districts. Subscription to Indiastat provides access to 56 associate databases that cover topics including agriculture, demographics, market forecast, health, media, economy, crime, and social welfare. 

Provider: Datanet India
Updated: Mar 20, 2017 3:07pm

U.S. Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau provides online, open access to statistics and analysis tools from multiple surveyors about the nation's people and economy. The Bureau collects data through several surveys including: the decennial census of population and housing, economic census, censuses of state and local governments, the American Community Survey, and other economic indicators. 

Provider: The U.S. Census Bureau
Updated: Oct 19, 2016 10:54am

Eurostat Database

The Eurostat databases provides access to statistics and microdata on European economy and finance, industry and trade, environment and energy, population and social conditions, agriculture and fisheries, transportation, and science and technology.

Provider: Eurostat
Updated: Oct 7, 2016 3:23pm

CDC WONDER

CDC WONDER, or Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research, is an online database that provides free and open access to the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WONDER resources include: CDC reports, recommendations and guidelines, articles, statistical research data, and public-use data sets. Data sets cover: deaths, cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, TB, births, and census data

Provider: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:23pm


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