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Quantitative Methods module: Data Sources and Resources


Link to example dataset (British Social Attitudes)


The following provide both data and documentation about those data:

UK Data Archive

Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) [Guide on accessing data and documentation at ESDS]

Nesstar Catalogue (direct link)

Office for National Statistics (and Nomis) [UK Official Statistics more generally]


Other resources

The Survey Question Bank (SQB) (this is not a data source but a source of information about questions that have been used on previous surveys, with links to the surveys).

Library workbook on statistical sources

The Data without Boundaries (DwB) project: This exists to support equal and easy access to official microdata for the European Research Area.

Latent structure analysis event


Other materials

Open University course material for Statistics in Society (code: MDST242): Click here



Cohen, Manion and Morrison. 2007. Research Methods in Education (6th edition).

Ho. 2006. Handbook of univariate and multivariate data analysis and interpretation with SPSS.


Link to 2011/12 module web page

2011/12 module web page