Central Archive for Empirical Social Research

Central Archive for Empirical Social Research
The online database of the German Zentralarchiv

The ZA archive, part of the GESIS organization (German Social Science Infrastructure Services, formed by many independent German research institutes) collects primary material and results of empirical studies and is one of the richest European databanks. The website, open and free for navigation and search, allows for direct access to information systems on social sciences, as well as to the methodological expertise of GESIS partner institutes. Providing access to several databases and ZA partners archive networks, the Zentralarchiv is accessible through different index and retrieval systems. Many relevant sources like SOLIS (a bibliographical database containing more than 370,000 publications with about 17,000 references added annually), SOFO, or FORIS are all present on the website. ZA materials not available online can be purchased via web and are delivered by mail. An online service makes ordering easier, enhanced through the downloading of data (though subject to usage and fee and charges regulations, applied for different types of users). The SocioGuide feature allows users to search social science resources by area studies or type of resource with advanced modalities. Often retrieved material is available in no other language than German.

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