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Join the ICPSR Biennial Meeting online next week!

icpsrThe Biennial ICPSR Meeting will take place next week from Monday Oct. 5 to Friday Oct. 9. Please take a look at the program. This year’s meeting will be completely online, which means that you will be able to follow live presentations, ask questions and join online discussions from your office. No pre-registration is necessary. Log in via the Webinar Session Links in the program to join the online meeting at the time indicated.

Here is a small selection from this year’s program:

  • Highlights of 2009 Website – Web 2.0 Enhancements
    Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    ICPSR Web managers will be present for a live chat/demo of the newly released ICPSR Web site (a prerecorded orientation will also be available for viewing).
  • Graphical Displays of Quantitative Information
    Oct. 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    This session will focus on the theoretical concerns and practical issues involved in using visual displays for quantitative information. We will discuss ways to, quite literally, look at your data.
  • Tools that Support Data Analysis
    Oct. 6, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    ICPSR provides an increasing number of tools that support data analysis. This session will provide an overview of them, including: variable-level searching, the sample characteristics tool, the recode syntax tool, subsetting tools, Quick Tables, the Bibliography of Data-related Literature, and data mapping tools.
  • Census 2010 & American Community Survey
    Oct. 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Discussion of new Census products and information on Census 2010 and the ACS.
  • ADD-Health
    Oct. 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    In this session, we will describe access to and analysis of the Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The session will include a description of how to use the new restricted use contract system to acquire the 33 restricted use files and the public use files.
  • Using Data in Teaching (Panel)
    Oct. 8, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    This session aims to give instructors helpful hints for using data in teaching. Panelists will include social science faculty who actively use data-based activities in a wide range of courses. They will give participants a brief overview of what they do with their own students and the effects they see from these exercises, followed by a time for interaction among participants and presenters for sharing questions and ideas. Everything from tips for choosing a dataset or topic to creating and evaluating an exercise is fair game for this session.
  • Online Data Analysis Tools
    Oct. 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    The objective of this session is to provide participants with hands-on experience to inform them of, or broaden their knowledge of, the chief online data analysis tool used at ICPSR, Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA). Recent features of SDA include corrections to standard errors produced for studies with complex sampling designs. This session will provide an overview of the analysis programs offered by SDA and demonstrate some of the analyses that can be run using SDA, including highlights of the new features.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Assessment and Enhancement (Panel)
    Oct. 9, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    In addition to working on efforts to help instructors more easily bring data into their courses, ICPSR is involved in a project to assess the educational impact of such exercises on students’ quantitative literacy (QL) skills. This session will provide a discussion of what QL means, an overview of related student learning outcomes, and examples of assessment techniques. Panelists will include experts on QL and faculty who have designed and implemented assessment strategies to measure QL in their courses.


Getting started with RefWorks

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: September 1, 2009
  • Filed Under: History

blog2RefWorks Library Workshop
Date: Friday, September 18
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Griffin Room, 1st floor, Falvey

Please set up a RefWorks account by clicking on the “Sign up for an Individual Account” link before you come to the workshop and download Write-N-Cite if you bring your personal laptop.

You will learn how to

  • — export references from catalogs, indexes, and digital collections,
  • — edit references,
  • — create folders for different projects,
  • — create references from scratch in RefWorks,
  • — cite in Microsoft Word with Write-N-Cite (Chicago style).

Please e-mail me at jutta.seibert@villanova.edu if you would like to attend, but have not yet signed up. The workshop is close to full and there is only limited space left.


Did you know that you can search some of your favorite research databases simultaneously?

blog11Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) makes it easy to search your favorite social science databases simultaneously.  Simply click on the Specific Databases link below the search boxes and select from Sociological Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, NCJRS Abstracts, ERIC, PsycINFO, and Communication Abstracts. Next click on Continue to Search and your selection will be listed on the search page under Now Selected: Multiple Databases. Search results will be clearly identified by database of origin. Since not all these research databases use the same subject thesaurus, it is best to avoid subject (descriptor) searches while cross searching multiple databases.

Other helpful features are the export to RefWorks and the QuickBib options. Both can be found by clicking on the Save, Print, Email link from the results screen. QuickBib will format selected records into the citation style of your choice in a matter of seconds.

For more bells and whistles set up a My Research account with CSA. You can find a link in the upper right hand corner of the CSA interface. My Research is your gateway to research alerts via e-mail or RSS feed, a customized search interface, and groups of preferred databases. You can also save unlimited search results and search histories to your My Research account. The price? One more login and password to remember.

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Last Modified: September 1, 2009