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Social Science Data Resources: Software and Methodology

This guide identifies major numeric data resources to support quantitative research in social science.

Statistical Software Locations & Purchasing Information

Software Availability on Campus

SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, Eviews and StatTransfer are available through the Gelman Library computers.  Visit the Academic Technologies Classrooms and Labs search page for locations.

IBM SPSS Academic Purchasing

IBM SPSS licensing may be offered through certain schools and supported by the Division of Information Technology at GW. Please visit DIT's Software and Business Applications page for more information. You made need to setup a VPN in order to use these applications off-campus.

R Software Downloading

R is a free software program for statistical computing and graphing. It can run on Unix platforms, Windows and Mac OS. Visit to download R.

SAS Licensing/Distribution

As part of the GWU site license agreement with the SAS Institute, faculty, staff and students are able to obtain a copy of SAS at no cost for educational purposes. See SAS Software Distribution from the Instruction Technology Lab.

STATA and Stat/Transfer Purchasing

GWU faculty, staff and students can purchase STATA and Stat/Transfer at a special, low price through the Stata Campus GradPlan.

See our tutorials and guides on using these software packages.

Selected Books on Research Methods

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