The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): Vast archive of social science data for the use of researchers at over 700 member universities, government agencies, and other institutions worldwide.  ICPSR offers user support and training to assist researchers in identifying and analysing relevant data, in conducting research projects, and in depositing their research data.  As part of ACCOLEDS (A COPPUL Consortium of Library Electronic Data Services), UNBC is an institutional member of ICPSR.  Current UNBC students, staff and faculty members may download data directly from the ICPSR site for research purposes.

Accessing ICPSR Data

  1. Connect to the ICPSR site.
  2. Click on the Find Data tab to access several search options.  From here, one can also click on Search/Compare Variables to search for, and compare, variables across datasets (searches a subset of about 76% of ICPSR’s holdings).
  3. When you attempt to download data, you will need to sign in to ICPSR.  Creating an account is free.
  4. Very important! Read the Terms of Use carefully before downloading the data.


  • OECD ilibrary: Includes access to all OECD statistical databases, as well as key tables and statistical books.
  • OECD.Stat: Includes selected data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies.
  • Statistics from A-Z: Cross-country statistical tables and real-time datasets. Includes economic, social, and environmental data.

United Nations

  • UNdata: Includes official statistics, including estimates, projections and indicators, produced by countries and compiled by the United Nations data system. Topics include agriculture, employment, education, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, national accounts, population, refugees, trade and tourism. Data may be downloaded in XML, comma-delimited, and other formats.
  • UNSD Statistical Databases: Commodity Trade Statistics Database (COMTRADE), National Accounts Main Aggregates Database, Social Indicators, and others.

World Bank Open Data

World Bank Open Data: Access to more than 2,000 World Bank statistical series, including World Development Indicators. Topic categories include Agriculture & Rural Development, Aid Effectiveness, Economic Policy & External Debt, Education, Energy & Mining, Environment, Financial Sector, Health, Infrastructure, Labour & Social Protection, Poverty, Private Sector, Science & Technology, Social Development, and Urban Development.


Note: In addition to the above-mentioned resources, don’t forget about “open data.”  Countries, provinces, states, and municipalities worldwide are making data freely downloadable through open data sites.  To find an open data site for an area, do an Internet search for “open data” and the geographic name (e.g., “open data” australia).