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Finding Social Science Data for Research : Crime & Justice

This research guide provides an introduction to using campus resources, government agencies, and consortia like ICPSR for finding and obtaining social science data.

FBI- Uniform Crime Reports

  • The UCR Program collects statistics on violent crime (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).
  • The date coverage varies, but in some cases goes back to 1960, and up to 2014.
  • Recommend using the “UCR Data Tool
  • UCR Offense Definitions

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) was created by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), in collaboration with other agencies and funding entities. It contains data on crime and justice that has been obtained from many studies and/or statistical data series. Well-know datasets include the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN).