The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database has over 9,000 datasets available spanning various social science disciplines and topics. The datasets in ICPSR are primarily quantitative, but it also includes some qualitative datasets.
My recommendations are to try these in the order you see below:
Install and login to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer so that you are logged into the GSU network and thus analogous to being "on campus."
NOTE: There's a point where the directions tell you to enter secureaccess.gsu.edu as what to connect to.
IMPORTANT: You must log in to your MyData account on-campus every 6 months for it to remain validated (NOTE: This has been extended to a year under the COVID-19 circumstances).
TRADITIONALLY: You must have created a MyData account ON CAMPUS and have logged in to your MyData account ON CAMPUS in the last 6 months for it to remain validated and to be able to download ICPSR data from off campus. POST-COVID: If you login first to the VPN, you should be able to login to validate your account even from off campus.
IMPORTANT: As the ICPSR "Official Representative" at GSU, Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh has no authority to bypass the restricted-data requirements nor to act in any official capacity for ICPSR or GSU in the restricted-data agreement process. She also is not the "Representative of the Institution/Institutional Representative" mentioned in the Restricted Data Use Agreement. For Institutional Representative approval, data agreements should always be routed through the GSU Office of Legal Affairs for review and approval (contact Legal Services Coordinator Kisha D. Ward).
If you're a student trying to find datasets for a class project, chances are that accessing restricted data is not going to be feasible. To limit your search results to only public-use data (i.e., data you'll be able to download and use immediately):
Looking for other places/ways to find datasets? Check out the "Finding Raw Data" tab on the Statistics and Data guide.