Data Resources

The following list is provided as examples or entry points to the wide range of data resources available across research domains.

Humanities Social Sciences
Natural Sciences Multidisciplinary


Chronicling America: Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.


Perseus Digital Library: The flagship collection covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world. Other collections include Early modern English, the American Civil War, the History and Topography of London, and the History of Mechanics.


The Women Writers Project: texts by pre-Victorian women writers


William Blake Archive: illuminated books, drawings, paintings, engravings, and more.


Social Sciences

Panel Study of Income of Income Dynamics (PSID): The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample, and information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, philanthropy, education, and numerous other topics.


General Social Survey: data on contemporary American society, including a standard core of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Among the topics covered are civil liberties, crime and violence, intergroup tolerance, morality, national spending priorities, psychological well-being, social mobility, and stress and traumatic events.


American National Election Studies: data from surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation.


TerraPop data finder: population census data from around the world integrated with global environmental data in a common database


World Bank: data about development in countries around the globe


UN Human Development Reports Public Data Explorer


Natural Sciences

Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs): data from NASA's past and current Earth-observing satellites and field measurement programs


National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)


NASA Earth Science Data


USGS Landsat Earth Explorer


NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) Computational and Information Systems

Lab: meteorological and oceanographic observations, operational and reanalysis model outputs, and remote sensing data sets supporting atmospheric and geosciences research


Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance: observational Geoscience data from the Ocean, Earth, and Polar Sciences, as well as data tools and services


PetDB, the Petrological Database: global synthesis of chemical, isotopic, and mineralogical data for rocks, minerals, and melt inclusions


Academic Seismic Portal at LDEO: active source seismic field data


Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON): species occurrence and mapping


Global Biodiversity Information Facility: species occurrence and mapping


NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network): open, continental-scale data that characterize and quantify complex, rapidly changing ecological processes


LTER Network- (Long Term Ecological Research)


Arabidopsis Information Portal: one-stop-shop for Arabidopsis thaliana genomics. Araport offers gene and protein reports with orthology, expression, interactions and the latest annotation, plus analysis tools, community apps, and web services


CyVerse: makes broadly applicable computational resources available across the life sciences.


Integrated Digitized Biocollections: data and images for millions of biological specimens in electronic format





DRYAD: a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable


Pangaea: Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science


Harvard DataVerse: open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data