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Public Policy and Administration

Downloadable Data Sets

To find datasets from federal agencies you may want to start at, the home of the U.S. government's open data, or go directly to a federal agency's data page. To search for a data set within a federal agency put the name of the federal agency in quotation marks, then the word data in your search string. EX: "Bureau of Land Management" data

For DEMOGRAPHIC data go to US Census

For OPINION data:

General Social Survey

Pew Research Center

PRRI: Public Religion Research Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.

OTHER data:

ICPSR: ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) collects, stores, and provides access to data sets as well as resources for using them. Log in with your Boise State ID and password (upper left of ICPSR home page) for full access


Text Analysis

These free tools can help you track word use over time, and, in some cases, over various resources. Many other text mining and analysis tools are available for a fee.

Applied Program Interfaces for the New York Times - register to use the Semantic API

Google Books Ngram Viewer - tracks how phrases have been used in a corpus of Google Books

Google Trends - tracks trending search phrases

Media Cloud - an open source for media analysis