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Data Services

Data Services helps our campus community work with qualitative and quantitative data for teaching, learning and research.

Instructions for Remote Data Access

With many of us now working and studying remotely, here are some tips to help you remotely access data and related resources from ICPSR.

Email Validation

Typically, ICPSR will automatically recognize your institution and validate your account. If you're trying to download data and receive an unexpected alert that you're not from a member institution, even though you are, your account may need to be validated. ICPSR can update this manually.

To request a validation, send an email to Include your name, your institutional email address, and the name of your institution.


Does your institution use a VPN (Virtual Private Network internet connection)? Each VPN is configured differently, but for most institutions, you can use your VPN to access your ICPSR account.
1. Log into your VPN using the instructions provided by your institution 
2. Open a browser window and navigate to
3. Click "log in" on the top right
Your library or IT team may have additional information available, please contact them for VPN assistance. 

Proxy Servers

Please note that ICPSR does not recommend using a proxy server, as it can produce issues including incomplete search results and significantly slower downloading times. However, ICPSR understand that proxy servers are sometimes necessary. As proxy information is configured at the institutional level, unfortunately the ICPSR team is unable to help with troubleshooting.
If you are at an institution using a proxy server, ICPSR suggests the following steps:
  1. Authenticate via your proxy server
  2. Open a new browser tab
  3. Copy/paste the following URL:
Are you in charge of setting up the proxy server at your institution? Please take a look at the following resources

Quick Tips

Having trouble downloading data or accessing other ICPSR resources? Try these things first (instructions below):
  • Open a new private or "incognito" browser window and copy/paste this address into the search bar: Retry your login. 
  • Reset your password
  • Connect to your institution's VPN, if available

Resetting Your Password

Just need a quick password reset? Visit the Password Reset Request page, or email ICPSR Web Support at

Other FAQ

More help is available! Take a look at ICPSR frequently asked questions page for,

"What do I do if I'm having trouble logging in with my MyData Account? What about changing my email address or password?"

Additional support is available, visit Get Help with Data.

Still on campus? Sign in now for future remote access

Take a moment now to sign into your MyData account. This will validate you for six months of ICPSR data and resources just in case things change. Visit and click "log in" at the top right.

Contact ICPSR-help

Please contact for any questions or ideas.