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Comparative Political Data

Comprehensive directory to datasets and sources commonly used by political science students.

Major Sources

These are major sources of comparative political data, so they are good places to start your search.

State-level data

Compendia to Statistics and Data

Statistical compendia are organized collections of statistics. These are often organized by subject and country, enabling you to see at a glance what statistics are available and the original source. From there, you can often track down the data behind the tables.

Search Strategies for Finding Data

  • Refer to the search strategies from the Data, Datasets, and Statistics Library Research Guide.
  • This Data Reference Worksheet is designed to help you brainstorm search strategies.