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**Sociology: Subject Guide to Graduate Research: Finding Existing Data -

The resources on this page are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what's available for materials to use for performing original data analysis - if you're not finding what you want or want to have a conversation about your specific data needs, email Mandy for an appointment - she's eager to help! :-)

Qualitative Data for Secondary Analysis

Here are some places to look for existing, secondary qualitative datasets.

Library-Provided News Sources

News sites often allow free access to a few articles...and then they want your $$.

But the library has access to many news sources that are 'free' to you - well, you've already paid for them with your tuition, but it feels like it's 'free' in the moment. And the advantage of using library-subscribed news sources versus stuff you find on the open web or on twitter or facebook is that you can be pretty confident that they aren't "fake" news.

BELOW are links to library-subscribed news sources.

GSU Library's Digital Collections

The library has several online digital collections containing manuscripts, photographs, periodicals, newspapers, oral histories, sound recordings, maps, and printed materials that span topics from LGBTQ activism to popular music to labor rights to urban Atlanta studies - all online and just waiting for you to analyze them. Take a look! :-)

Data Help (beyond your professors)...

Georgia State Legislation/Policy

  • Georgia Code - compilation of the currently enforcable laws of the state of Georgia. The database is searchable by keyword and by code number. The code can also be browsed by title, chapter, and section.
  • Georgia Legislative Documents - currently contains the Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia for the years 1799-1999, with a few gaps.

U.S. Federal & State Legislation

  • Legislative Insight (ProQuest) - Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
  • - Provides current legislative information on the United States Congress.
  • Westlaw Campus Research - Federal and state statutes, codes, regulations, and case law materials