Resources for researching religion may include data from subscription databases, publicly available data portals or archived academic projects. Some suggestions are:

  • American Time Use Survey 2011
    Data in this study measured the amount of time that people spent doing various activities in 2011, such as paid work, volunteering, socialising and religious activities.
  • Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
    A data archive and resource that allows access to academic research on religion including surveys and membership reports and polls. Other features include national profiles, GIS maps, church membership overviews, denominational heritage trees, tables, charts, and other summary reports.
  • British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA)
    A survey that produces annual measures of attitudinal change, complementing information gathered from large-scale government surveys that deal largely with facts and behaviour patterns. The data collected reflects continuity and change in religious beliefs, background and attitude amongst other issues.
  • Community Life Survey
    Conducted annually this survey looks at the latest trends in volunteering, charitable giving, local action and attitudes towards religion.
  • Global Indicators Database
    A resource developed by the Pew Research Center building on data and statistics from public opinion surveys it conducts around the world. It covers a broad array of subjects including religious affiliation, religious extremism, restrictions on religion and religious practices. Survey questions, topics and analysis are available for browsing.
  • Global Religion and Migration Database
    Part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project researching religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Data collected from hundreds of censuses and surveys shed light on the origins, destinations, and religious affiliations of international migrants as of 2010. It presents a global picture of where migrants have come from, where they have gone, and what is their religious composition.
  • Indiastat
    A major resource for Indian data on health, higher education and economic trends. Statistics are also provided for religious demographics and observance. Note: this is licensed for a single user at a time – see notes in OxLIP+.
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
    A major archive of social science research data that holds information predominately relating to the United States but also has some additional collections. Data is available on a range of relevant topics including religious affiliation, attitudes and discrimination.
  • Mass Observation Online
    Access to material from the pioneering ethnographic project ‘Mass Observation’. It includes the entire File Report sequence 1937-1972, access to all of the Day Surveys, Directives and Diaries, 1937-1967 and Mass Observation Publications 1937-1965.  A searchable topic collection covers issues such as anti-Semitism and religion. The resource also includes interactive maps, bibliographic resources and essays on various aspects of Mass Observation.
  • Social Explorer
    A demographic resource, focussing on the United States, that provides access to major sources of historical and contemporary demographic data on population, housing, communities and religion. In many cases coverage is available at neighbourhood and street level. Great use is made of interactive mapping tools that allow data to be easily visualized, as well as extracted.
  • UK Data Service
    An archive of social science research that, in collaboration with the UK Data Archive, makes data available from many key governmental surveys and academic research projects. Content may be downloaded or analysed online on various issues including race, economic wellbeing, voting behaviour and social attitudes.
  • World Religion Database
    The major source for international religious demography, with current and historical data, as well as forecasts of future developments.

Further resources on this theme may be found by using SOLO, OxLIP+ and the relevant library LibGuides.

Recommendations for additions to this list are always welcome. Please email the Bodleian Data Library with suggestions.

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