Can I use Excel to analyze the data?

Many of our datasets offer delimited files as a download option. Delimited files can be imported into Excel. There are tutorials on YouTube and instructions provided by Microsoft that explain how to read tab-delimited files into Excel.

Please note that this process will not work with the majority of ASCII data disseminated by ICPSR as they are not tab-delimited. For instructions on how to import non-tab-delimited ASCII data into Excel, please seek help from your campus' Official Representative in finding someone on your campus who can help you accomplish this.