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Statistics and datasets for Sociology and Social Policy

Online statistics

A one stop gateway to the ESRC datasets from the 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 UK census.  To access many of the datasets, registration is required.  You may also need to login using your Cardiff University username and password.  2001 aggregate census is also available from InFuse. 2011 census data will be available on the Office of National Statistics web site as it is released.  It will be available from InFuse from March 2013.

UK Data Service 
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Data Service provides quantitative and qualitative economic and social datasets including census data from 1971-2011. It is possible to search the site using the 'Discover' tool without registering but you will need to register to download data. Click on Register, select Login, then search for Cardiff University and enter your Cardiff University username and password. Complete the form and submit to register.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

A database of gender statistics produced by the World Bank.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
ICPSR offers more than 500,000 digital files containing social science research data. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more.

Intute: Statistics and Data
This site provides a comprehensive overview of what local, national, international and official statistical resources are available online.

Provided by the Welsh Government, StatsWales contains Welsh statistics on a range of themes including education, health, crime, equality and social inclusion.

UK National Statistics
The UK National Statistics Publication Hub remains the first port of call for all those seeking the latest statistics from government departments in the UK. It is the central website for hosting all first releases of National Statistics.

UN Statistics Division
This site gives details of the Division's publications and statistical products and access to their Monthly Bulletin of Statistics.

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Printed statistics  

The statistics listed below can be found in the Arts and Social Studies Library.

Social Trends (1970-)
Social Trends draws together social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations; it paints a broad picture of UK society today, and how it has been changing.

Regional Trends (1965-)
Regional Trends is a comprehensive regular source of official statistics for the Statistical Regions of the UK (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Government Office Regions within England). It includes a wide range of demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics, covering aspects of life in the regions.

Health and Personal Social Services Statistics for England (1972-2004)
This annual publication covers hospitals, personal social services such as residential care and child protection, the NHS workforce and expenditure, and the nation's health.

Social Security Statistics (1972-2000)
An annual publication organised by Social Security benefit type.

Welsh Housing Statistics - Ystadegau tai Cymru (1981-)
This annual publication compiled by the Welsh Office covers all aspects of housing in Wales, including homelessness figures.

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Council of European Social Science Data Archives allows you to search across the archives of social sciences research in France, Denmark, UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Finland, Estonia and Spain.

MIMAS offers access to major datasets which includes census data, and large survey data such as the Family Expenditure Survey, Family Resources Survey and General Household Survey.

Qualidata provides information about availability and access to qualitative research materials in the social sciences including ESRC sponsored research. It also provides advice on the archiving and re-use of qualitative data. Use Qualicat database to find out what is available.

UK Data Archive
The Data Archive at the University of Essex houses the largest collection of accessible computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK.