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ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)

"ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields."

ICPSR YouTube channel
For instructional videos.


SFSU datatabases

Restricted to SFSU students, faculty & staff.

Statistical Insight
-American Statistics Index (ASI)
  Federal government sources
-Statistical Reference Index (SRI)
  Nonfederal private and public organizations
-Index to International Statistics (IIS)
  International intergovernmental organizations

Use the Video Tutorials for help in using this database.

SFSU subscribes to the microfiche for most of the documents in ASI, SRI, and IIS. They are located on the 3rd floor of the library. Call 338-7325 if you need help finding a document.

Historical Statistics of the U.S.

STAT-USA & Globus (ended 9/30/10). See the STAT-USA tab on this guide for links to websites that were on the STAT-USA site.



Government Statistics

Government agencies are the primary source of U.S. and international statistics. Besides statistical data in print, microfiche, and CD-ROM formats in Government Publications, the library subscribes to several statistical databases (restricted to SFSU students & faculty).

The best place to start is with the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a compendium of statistics from a variety of government agencies. For more details on that topic, check the source of the statistics, which can be found at the bottom of the table.

Federal Statistics: Building Blocks for Smart Business Decisions, is a chart of various Federal statistical activities from The Census Project.

    The Obama administration has started a new website,, which is a catalog of datasets from government agencies.
  • FedStats
    The FedStats home page has not been updated since 2007, but the links are current.

Changes in Government Publications

The Government Publications department has been downsized, but you can still check out our documents. We no longer have a service desk, but we're still available to help you! Please call us at (415) 338-7325, or (415) 405-2517 for assistance with government information questions.

All documents must be paged from the online catalog. If you aren't sure which volume you want out of a set, give us a call and we'll help you with your search.

Government Publications

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