The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA): Online Research Data, Tools and References

Roger Finke, Amy Adamczyk

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The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) currently archives over 500 local, national, and international data files, and offers a wide range of research tools to build surveys, preview data online, develop customized maps and reports of United States church membership, and examine religion differences across nations and regions of the world. The ARDA also supports reference and teaching tools that draw on the rich data archive. This research article offers a brief introduction to the quantitative data available for exploration or download, and a few of the website features most useful for research and teaching. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, the John Templeton Foundation, the Pennsylvania State University, and the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, all data downloads and online services are free of charge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-470
Number of pages15
JournalPolitics and Religion
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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