ICPSR Records Now Available on CUNY Library Catalog

December 16, 2010 | News

CUNY is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, an international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations.  ICPSR provides access to a vast data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences and hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields.  Access to many of these materials has now become available through the CUNY library catalog.

Previously, CUNY faculty and students accessed ICPSR primarily through data books or CD-Roms housed at their campus libraries. The addition of resource-level records with links to online data has opened this valuable material to any CUNY user, whether working on-campus or remotely. 

Electronic Resources Systems Librarian Angela Sidman worked with colleagues across the University to review the records before loading them into the catalog. “The ICPSR is creating and releasing records in large batches,” she said. “We recognize the value of this material to the CUNY community and will update the catalog as each new release occurs.”

University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources Curtis Kendrick, who has been behind the push to enhance CUNY’s access to electronic resources, observed: “CUNY has had access to this collection for several years. Now that the records have been loaded into our catalog, it should make it easier for faculty and students to discover and use this rich resource.” 

For more information about ICPSR see: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/index.jsp