FAQs

  1. A data collection instrument is included in the documentation for a study. Can I use the data collection instrument for my project?
  2. Can I do Boolean searching on the Web site?
  3. Can I generate MARC for studies updated in a particular date range?
  4. Can I get assistance from ICPSR in loading the MARC into my card catalog?
  5. Can I have a Trial ICPSR Membership?
  6. Can I just obtain the MARC from OCLC?
  7. Can I obtain MARC from ICPSR? What about Dublin Core?
  8. Can I search for STF 3A and other letter-number combinations?
  9. Can I submit ICPSR MARC records to OCLC?
  10. Can I use an asterisk in the search to match partial words?
  11. Can I use R without having to learn the details of the R language?
  12. Can research data be copyrighted?
  13. Does ICPSR accept qualitative data?
  14. Does ICPSR have people who can assist in the preparation of metadata?
  15. Does your archive keep the original version of the files that I submit for archiving?
  16. Do I need to pay ICPSR to make data from my NSF grant available?
  17. Do you have recommendations for intellectual property language for proposals that are collaborative and involve two or more PIs at two or more institutions who will be generating data together?
  18. Have proposals been rejected because of an unacceptable data management plan? Or do agencies work with the PI to improve a data management plan if they find the proposal worth funding?
  19. How can I be notified of new resources/studies that are in my field of interest?
  20. How can I get around the 500 results maximum on the metadata export/search results?
  21. How can I get the non-restricted version of a restricted dataset?
  22. How can I search a particular field in the study descriptions?
  23. How can I use your data with GIS software, such as ArcView or MapInfo?
  24. How can my organization become a member of ICPSR?
  25. How do data management plans relate to institutional statements of capabilities?
  26. How does ICPSR handle authentication for access to its data and members-only content?
  27. How does ICPSR manage versioning?
  28. How does your archive prepare a data collection for public release?
  29. How do I access ICPSR data if I am not at a member institution?
  30. How do I convert MARC21 XML into MARC?
  31. How do I decompress the files I download from your site?
  32. How do I deposit data in the ICPSR archive?
  33. How do I export to bibliographic management software?
  34. How do I find data referenced in a journal as being available at your archive?
  35. How do I import a study citation into EndNote/RefWorks/etc.?
  36. How do I interpret a record from an ASCII data file?
  37. How do I know if I am an ICPSR member?
  38. How do I match your MARC records to existing records in my catalog?
  39. How do I read data into R?
  40. How do I report a problem with your Web site?
  41. How do I submit a citation for a publication I have written using your data?
  42. How do I use an SPSS setup file to import ASCII data?
  43. How do I use a SAS setup file to import ASCII data?
  44. How do I use a Stata setup file to import ASCII data?
  45. How do I use Excel to import tab-delimited ASCII data?
  46. How do I validate my MyData account? What does validation do exactly?
  47. How much time is needed prior to proposal submission to obtain a letter of support from ICPSR?
  48. How secure is the data deposit form?
  49. How will the research community know that my data are available from ICPSR?
  50. I'm getting a "file not found" error when trying to use a setup file. What is wrong?
  51. I'm interested in replicating research that was conducted with an earlier version of an ICPSR study. Is it possible to get those data?
  52. I'm using SPSS on a Mac. I can't read ASCII data files using the SPSS setup file I downloaded. What do I do?
  53. I've changed my email address. How do I change my login? What if I change institutions?
  54. I've forgotten my password. How do I get a new one?
  55. I am taking a stats class and need a dataset. I have selected a dataset, but there is no setup file for the stat package I am using. What should I do?
  56. I attempted to download a study and saw a message that I "had no saved files." Why can't I download the files?
  57. I can't see or click on the data file that I am trying to download!
  58. I downloaded data from your site, but my statistics application issues an error message that the file cannot be found.
  59. I have no experience creating setup files for statistical packages. How do I load the data into the program?
  60. I need to deposit data in an archive as a requirement for a journal article and obtain a DOI. How do I do that?
  61. I prefer not to submit my data collection via the Electronic Deposit Form. Do I have other options?
  62. Is the longitudinal panel data available for Monitoring the Future?
  63. Is there a list of generic data formats for those data types that are non-ASCII, i.e., images and sounds, etc.?
  64. Is videotaped data included as part of the data-sharing requirement? How do you protect the confidentiality of your participants?
  65. I want to have my own personal membership. I have a MyData account. What do I need to do?
  66. May I use this question in building my own survey?
  67. McAffee Antivirus says that a data file on your site has a virus in it. How do I get a virus-free file?
  68. Once I've deposited my data, I do not want changes made to my data collection without my permission. Will you contact me prior to altering the files?
  69. Should a researcher obtain permission from a data archive before naming it in a data management plan?
  70. The files I'm attempting to download are very large...so large that my Web browser crashes. What can I do?
  71. The generic examples that ICPSR provides are great, but they are boilerplate. Would that be a problem during agency review?
  72. The person who is listed as a contact on my campus is not available to help me. What can I do?
  73. The Search Results page indicates that my search is "sorted by relevance." What does that mean?
  74. What's the date/number listed to the right of each search result?
  75. What are ICPSR's terms of use?
  76. What are setup files?
  77. What are the consequences of violating the terms of use agreement for ICPSR data?
  78. What fields were dropped in the revised MARC?
  79. What if the data I use come from a confidential source?
  80. What is a codebook?
  81. What is a data file?
  82. What is a DOI?
  83. What is a persistent URL?
  84. What is a SAS CPORT file? How do I use it?
  85. What is ICPSR?
  86. What is MyData?
  87. What is R?
  88. What is the preferred submission format for data files?
  89. What kind of data formats does the archive distribute? Do you have SPSS Portable files? SAS transport? Stata?
  90. What kind of documentation do you provide, and in what formats?
  91. Whenever I try to login, I get a message stating that I don't have cookies enabled. What's going on?
  92. When I attempt to access data from home, I get an "access denied" message, even though my institution is an ICPSR member. Why?
  93. When I attempt to uncompress the files I downloaded from your site, WinZip complains that the file name is insensible. How can I uncompress the file?
  94. When I open an ASCII codebook, it displays oddly and is difficult to read. What can I do to fix this?
  95. When will I know if my data collection will be archived?
  96. Which of your data management plan examples are for NSF and which are for NIH?
  97. Why and how should I cite data?
  98. Why can't I download data?
  99. Why can't I print my PDF codebook?
  100. Why is it that when I try to print pages containing data tables with shaded cells, the shading does not appear on the printed page?
  101. Why should I attend the ICPSR Summer Program?
  102. Why should I deposit data with ICPSR?
  103. Why should my institution join ICPSR?
  104. Will NIH and NSF allow investigators to request funds to pay for data archiving ? assistance in preparing data for archiving in the final year of a grant?

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