General Databases

AU Subscribed Databases

This site provides a list of all the databases to which AU subscribes. It is a great resource for a literature review.


Established in 1962, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world’s largest archive of digital social science data. The CTRL lab has a subscription to ICPSR.

OECD Data Warehouse Portal

This portal enables users to extract data from across different databases for the first time. This is the first phase of OECD’s Statistics Dissemination Project.

Transparency International

Transparency International is the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption. The annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), first released in 1995, is the best known of TI’s tools. The CPI ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.


The United Nations Common Database (UNCDB) consists of of the UNdata search engine. This search engine can be used to find specific datasets on a variety of topics, including but not limited to health, weapons, gender, and development.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

This website provides global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, culture and communication.

UN Statistics Division

This website provides links to various UN databases, including Census Knowledge Base, Demographic Yearbook system, Distat, the United Nations Disability Statistics Database, Good practices database, InfoNation, Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI), Millennium Indicators Database, National Accounts Main Aggregates Database, Population of capital cities and cities of 100,000 and more inhabitants, Population and housing censuses: census dates, Population and Vital Statistics on Internet, Service Trade Statistics, Social Indicators, and Statistics and indicators on women and men.

National Endowment for Democracy: Conflict Resolution

Acts as a clearinghouse for information on organizations with the mission of fostering positive, democratic change around the world.

The Human Rights Organizations DB

The Human Rights Organizations database is a comprehensive listing of institutions working in the field of human rights. The database currently holds over 10,000 records and can be searched by name, type, issues addressed, countries the organization works in and other such criteria.