Enter words or strings that are likely to appear in a variable name, label, question, and value labels:
Presidential election will return variables dealing with all presidential elections
Presidential election Obama will return only variables dealing with the 2008 presidential election
Use quotes to search for specific phrases:
The minus sign may be used to remove certain types of results:
"Presidential debate" -"Bill Clinton" will eliminate the debates from 1992 and 1996 in which Clinton participated
A Boolean "and" is implied in the search.
The search automatically does stemming (more info); there's no need to type in an asterisk. It's also case-insensitive.
The Social Science Variables Database (SSVD) enables AHRQMCC users to examine and compare variables and questions across studies or series. The SSVD only includes a subset of our collection. For a comprehensive search of all datasets, use our data search in the left column, which indexes all of the documentation available for our studies, including the variable descriptions.
You can compare variables using the checkboxes and the "Compare" button on the search results page.
The SSVD builds on a pilot project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It demonstrates the benefits of using structured variable-level documentation in XML, tagged according to the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard.