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Featured resource: “Correlates of War” (UIUC)

July 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Thanks to a great feature on my research guides, I can see what are the most popular resources. (No worries about privacy; the statistics are completely anonymous. All I can see are numbers.) I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the less popular resources that you may still find to be useful. Today’s entry is Correlates of War, which is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It has many data sets that all kinds of researchers may find useful, and it is free. It is more like a clearinghouse of other data sets, although the site’s owner, Prof. Paul Diehl, does provide some of his own. Access the data sets by clicking on the “Available Data Sets” link on the left.

Obviously, most of the data sets deal with treaties, militarized disputes, alliances, etc. But those interested in strictly diplomacy and trade issues will find it useful as well; see the last two links on the data sets page. Make sure you use the site’s Country Codes (first link under “Available Data Sets”) before jumping into a specific topic, so you know which country is which.

Feel free to get in touch about this resource, or any others. If you need some general background on statistics, this page of one of my research guides will help you. Also, the Department of Math & Statistics offers a Consulting Clinic when you need to get down to the nitty-gritty. More information on that is here.

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