Felipe Osorio made the above video to help people use the General Social Survey and R to answer research questions in social science. Go for it!
Meanwhile, Tom Smith reports:
The initial release of the General Social Survey (GSS), cumulative file for 1972-2012 is now on our website. Codebooks and copies of questionnaires will be posted shortly. Later additional files including the GSS reinterview panels and additional variables in the cumulative file will be added.
P.S. R scripts are here.