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How are dataset orders delivered?

For non-members, datasets may be delivered on CD-Rom or via email. For members, when datasets require processing they are made RoperExpressible.

Does the Roper Center conduct surveys?

No, the Roper Center does not conduct surveys; it is a library of survey data collected by others who graciously permit the Center to archive and make their findings available to a broader research community.

Once a dataset is ordered how long does it take to receive it?

The typical turn-around-time for a dataset order is one week or less.

I am not a member but I am still interested in purchasing data. Can I do that?

Non-members are welcome to order data from the Roper Center. Capture the dataset(s) title and archive number (e.g., NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll: Barack Obama/Economy [USNBCWSJ2010-9500]) and forward it to Data Services at DataServices-RoperCenter@uconn.edu or by telephone at 860.486.4440 for a price quote. For more information on the price of datasets for non-members visit Roper Center Membership Fees.

What is the difference between a survey's "Field Dates," "Release Date" and "Posted Date?"

"Field Dates" reflect the dates on which the survey was undertaken by the survey organization. "Release Date" is the date the survey organization made the results available to the public. "Posted Date" is the date the survey was entered into the iPOLL Databank.

How do I bring an ASCII data file into Stata?

Guidelines for bringing Roper Center ASCII data files into Stata are provided at ASCII_to_STATA.html where Roper members have the opportunity to download sample Stata do files with their corresponding datasets and codebooks.

How do I bring an ASCII data file into SPSS?

Guidelines for bringing Roper Center ASCII data files into SPSS are provided at ASCII_to_SPSS.html where Roper members have the opportunity to download sample SPSS syntax files with their corresponding datasets and codebooks.

Who do I contact with questions on Social Capital Community Survey restricted data?

For questions pertaining to Social Capital Community Surveys restricted data, contact the Center by phone at 860-486-4440 or email Data Services at DataServices-RoperCenter@uconn.edu.

How do I properly cite the data I use from the Roper Center?

Publications based on Roper Center data collections should acknowledge the Roper Center and the organization(s) that originally sponsored and collected the data. Click here for more information on how to cite our data.

How do I access Roper Center resources when I am off-campus?

Member university faculty and students may access Roper Center resources while off campus by logging into the proxy server or Virtual Private Network (VPN) typically available through your university library.

See if your university is currently a member of the Roper Center by visiting List of Members. If you are still unsure of your university's status, call (860)486-4440 or email rcweb@ropercenter.uconn.edu.

What is RoperExpress

RoperExpress is a data access tool for on-demand download of datasets. Faculty and students at Member institutions have unlimited access to those datasets in the Roper Center collection that are in ASCII or SPSS portable formats. Simply conduct a search for datasets and the studies accessible for immediate download in RoperExpress will be marked with an icon: RoperExpress icon.

How can I get the question wordings of all the questions in a given study I find in your Search for Datasets?

You can download the documentation file(s) for a particular study directly from the Search for Datasets survey abstract page, where available. If the study has a US adult sample, iPOLL can provide you the responses to all of the non-demographic questions from the survey. In iPOLL, search for the dates of the poll and using the drop down box, select the name of the organization that conducted the particular poll.

What is the Catalog of Holdings?

The Roper Center archives datasets from thousands of public opinion surveys based on a variety of samples including adult populations of numerous countries and sub-national regions (states, provinces, etc.) as well as as other special populations. These datasets are listed in the Search for Datasets section of the website, which provides a searchable description and unique archive identification number for each survey. Along with such basic information as survey organization, interview dates, and type of sample, most catalog entries include abstracts indicating the subjects covered by the questions in the survey.

For surveys with U.S. national adult or major subpopulation samples (such as registered voters, women, or African Americans), iPOLL can be used as the primary finding aid to locate datasets on particular topics or for specific time periods. For state, foreign, and other special samples, the Search for Datasets tool can be used to locate datasets by keyword (the abstract is searched), date, country, survey organization, survey sponsor, or type of sample.

Once datasets are located, members may use RoperExpress for on-demand download of the data. Faculty and students at Member institutions have unlimited access to those datasets in the Roper Center collection that are in ASCII or SPSS portable formats. Studies accessible for immediate download in RoperExpress are marked with an icon: RoperExpress icon. Non-members can order data from the Roper Center by telephone at (860)486-4440 or by emailing Data Services at DataServices-RoperCenter@uconn.edu with the study name and study number.

As a Roper Center member, how can I download data files and documentation for studies I have requested?

RoperExpress is a data access tool for on-demand download of data. Faculty and students at Member institutions have Unlimited Access to those datasets in the Roper Center collection that are in ASCII or SPSS portable formats. Simply conduct a search for datasets and the studies accessible for immediate download in RoperExpress are marked with an icon: RoperExpress icon. If a study is not marked as RoperExpress, you can request that it be made available using the email link provided.

If you have difficulty, please contact the Center at (860)486-4440 or email Data Services at DataServices-RoperCenter@uconn.edu. Please review the Roper Center's Responsible Use Statement for dissemination policies.

I subscribe to the Archive Updates RSS Feed and when I open the feed in my browser the dates for the datasets are old. Shouldn't the lastest acquisitions display on the feed?

It is likely you are looking at the last version of the feed your computer cached/saved. To get the latest information merely click your browser's refresh button (or using the browser menu, select "view" and "refresh").

 

 

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