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Finding data 

1. Klemesrud, 1974

Klemesrud, Judy. "Most Women Want Status Improved, Poll Finds." New York Times October 3, 1974: 48.


  1. What is the source of the data used by the author? When was it collected? (See especially the 1st column.)
  2. Try to find the poll data used by the author in paragraph 2 of the article using Roper Center.
  3. Do you think poll data on the same topic would be available from the 1960s? 1980s? 1990s? 2000-2022? Why or why not?

2. DiMaggio, Evans, and Bryson, 1996

DiMaggio, Paul, John Evans, and Bethany Bryson. "Have Americans' Social Attitudes Become More Polarized?" American Journal of Sociology 102, no. 3 (1996): 690-755.


  1. What data did the authors use? (See especially pp. 690, 691, 699.)
  2. What reason(s) did they give for choosing to use these data? (See especially p. 699.)
  3. Is one likely to be able to find more recent data in order to update this research? What makes you think so?
  4. Quickly browse pp. 692-708. Do you currently have the statistical skills needed to be able to update their study?

3. Okin, 1989

Okin, Susan Moller. Justice, Gender, and the Family. New York: Basic Books, 1989.


Mentioned in Okin's note:

  • Blumstein, Philip and Pepper Schwartz. American Couples: Money, Work, Sex. New York: Morrow, 1983.
  • Gerson, Kathleen. Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
  • Nye, F. Ivan, et al. Role Structure and Analysis of the Family. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage, 1976.


  1. Read through the excerpts from Okin in the box above.
  2. List ways that one might try to find (a) earlier and (b) more recent data on a similar topic.

4. Another compendium


  1. We are curious about how land is used in the U.S., in particular, how much is forested. Use the Statistical Abstract of the United States to find out.
  2. Do you think it would be possible to find similar statistics from the 1950s? Why or why not?


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