NLS Investigator

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997 Cohort

NLS Investigator

 NLSY97 variables (as well as the variables from other other NLS cohorts) are accessed using NLS Investigator, which is available as a Web application. The main application of NLS Investigator is to access NLS variables for the purposes of identifying, selecting, extracting, and/or running frequencies or cross-tabulations. This interface allows the researcher to connect to a database and perform variable extractions without installing any software on a local computer. Through a personal online account, a researcher's selected variable tag sets, frequencies, and extracts are available for a specified period of time from any computer location with Web access. Because there is one central data source for all users, researchers will have the assurance that they are always working with the most up-to-date data, and that any necessary corrections will be immediate and universal.

Note: NLS Investigator is a redesign of its predecessor, Web Investigator, and offers additional features and capabilities for users. Although the interfaces look quite different, all of the main functions of the older version are present in the newer release. 

Need Help With NLS Investigator?

  1. Access NLSY97 variables by connecting to NLS Investigator.
  2. Get help using NLS Investigator through the NLS Investigator Users Guide.
  3. Learn how to perform efficient NLS Investigator searches with the tutorial, "Variable Search in the NLS Investigator."