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Library Guide for Sociology

Useful websites for sociology



  • Campbell Library: Find systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development
  • Eurostat: High-quality statistical information on the EU Member States, some key indicator snapshots are free to view
  • SocioSite: Aims to provide a comprehensive listing of all sociology resources on the Internet
  • SSRN: Preprints of scholarly research in the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, health sciences, and more
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Access the UN's reports, statistics and datasets

Useful datasets

There are vast amounts of research data openly available for reuse, often removing the need for researchers to create original data. See the dataset sources we have listed below, there are many more available online. Ensure that you abide by the terms of the reuse licence of any of the datasets you use, and cite the original dataset and its creator(s).


  • Central Statistics Office: Hosts databases including StatBank; Census of Population, Agriculture and several other public sector areas.
  • Includes statistical databases from International Organizations such as Eurostat, ECB, OECD, UNECE, UNSC, & IMF.
  • Promoting innovation and transparency through the publication of Irish Public Sector data in open, free and reusable formats.
  • DCC Housing Monitoring Tool: Based on the set of all housing Census variables in Ireland.
  • Dublinked: Dublin’s Open Data Store
  • eHealth Ireland: HSE datasets
  • Geohive: Spatial data from over 35 public sector organisations
  • ISSDA (Irish Social Science Data Archive):Quantitative social science datasets and comparative studies of the Irish economy and Irish society
  • OSI: Ordnance Survey Ireland OSI Open data portal


Google Datasets

Use Google Dataset Search to locate online global data that is freely available for use. This search engine will link you to datasets hosted in thousands of online repositories. 

Research guides

See our Research Services page for advice on how to manage your research data, how to write data management plans and more. Search for relevant research projects and academic publications in Doras, the library's institutional repository or search for dissertations and theses on Dissertation Abstracts. 


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