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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)

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.


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 2013/14 module web page

2013/14 module web page