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  October 6, 2003

Public Opinion Databank Now Available
Online To UConn Researchers

The most comprehensive public opinion survey databank, iPOLL, is now accessible to the University community through the Library's Research Database Locator. The database of nearly half a million questions asked on surveys since 1935 is now available directly from any Web-based workstation within the University domain, including those in departmental labs, residence hall rooms and labs, classrooms, and offices.

Featuring data from dozens of major survey organizations and easy-to-use search tools, iPOLL facilitates research into American public opinion on hundreds of topics. Complete question wordings, response percentages, and full citation information are included with each search result.

Faculty can now access this storehouse of data for their own research and to supplement classroom assignments in many subject areas. Graduate and undergraduate students may access the database for class research papers and projects.

Direct access to the iPOLL system can be found online here. A UConn e-mail address is required to register to use the system.

The project is a joint initiative of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and University Libraries. The Libraries' research database locator is a powerful tool that helps researchers identify and use more than 240 Web-based, commercially produced research and citation databases to which the University subscribes. The locator is available at the online database.

The Roper Center acquires, preserves, and distributes the broadest and deepest archives of public opinion data in the world. Located on the fourth floor of the Monteith Building, the Center provides academic, government. and commercial researchers with tools to access and use its comprehensive collections.

For more information about the Roper Center, call 860.486.4440 or visit the website.