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ICPSR Deadlines Approaching

ICPSR’s 2014 Student Research Paper Deadline Approaching

Don’t miss it! The January 31, 2014, submission deadline for the ICPSR Student Research Paper Competitions is approaching soon.

The four competitions are: (view eligibility criteria)

  • ICPSR Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the ICPSR Archive or Thematic Collections. Separate undergraduate and master’s prizes.
  • NAHDAP Research Paper Competition, for analyses on topics related to addiction and HIV that are based on quantitative analysis. Now also open to PhD students.
  • IFSS Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using Integrated Fertility Survey Series data.
  • RCMD Research Paper Competition, for analyses on issues of minorities and immigrants in the US, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.

Awards: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place, and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first-place winners.

Visit the ICPSR’s Research Paper Competition website for details and Entry Forms.

Application Deadline for 2014 ICPSR Summer Internship Program Approaching

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.

Apply now through the ICPSR online application portal. To complete the application form, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSR recommendation portal.
The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have an expected graduation of December 2014 or later
  • Be a US citizen or have permanent residency
  • Possess undergraduate standing and have completed sophomore year in a social science or mathematics major, with interests related to one of ICPSR’s Thematic Collections

About the Internship
The NSF-funded Research for Undergraduates (REU) internship program (Grant No. 1062317) matches students with mentors at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students’ research findings. Interns can attend graduate-level courses in quantitative methods at the University of Michigan taught by leading faculty across various research fields. Additionally, all ICPSR interns learn valuable data-management techniques using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, and SAS. Visit our website or view the flyer (PDF, 466 KB) for more information.

For examples of research projects done by past ICPSR interns, please see these videos.

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New Books in Communication

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: January 3, 2014
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

Start off the new year with some new books! See the full list or preview highlights below.

relationalritualsRelational rituals and communication: Ritual interaction in groups
by Dániel Z. Kádár
Palgrave Macmillan
2013
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participatoryactionresearchParticipatory action research: Theory and methods for engaged inquiry
by Jacques M. Chevalier and Daniel Buckles
Routledge
2013
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politicaltonePolitical tone: How leaders talk and why
by Roderick P. Hart, Jay P. Childers, and Colene J. Lind
The University of Chicago Press
2013
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promotionalculturesPromotional cultures: The rise and spread of advertising, public relations, marketing and branding
by Aeron Davis
Polity Press
2013
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wiredcityThe wired city: Reimagining journalism and civic life in the post-newspaper age
by Dan Kennedy
University of Massachusetts Press
2013
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Too Soon for Spring?

We may not see Spring weather for some time, but it’s definitely time to begin thinking about the Spring semester.

Spring Reserves and Blackboard Scanning

You may drop off materials at your earliest convenience at the circulation desk or submit an online request by visiting http://library.villanova.edu/about/services/requestforms/resform/ .

For additional reserve guidelines go to http://library.villanova.edu/About/Services/CourseReserves/FacultyGuidelines#Electronic

If you have questions, please contact rebecca.whidden@villanova.edu or call 610-519-3848.

Library Workshops

Library classrooms fill quickly for classes in January and February. If you would like to bring your class to the library for an information literacy workshop, please contact Kristyna Carroll or Kimberley Bugg.

Library Help Sessions

Don’t have time for a library workshop but still think your students may need research help? Request an informal library help session. Your students will have a reserved conference room in the library, and a subject librarian to answer their individual questions. These sessions are best held within two weeks of project deadlines. Please contact Kristyna Carroll or Kimberley Bugg to schedule a help session.

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New Books in Communication

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: October 3, 2013
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

New book alert! The new arrivals below are of particular interest to faculty and students in the Communication Department. Review the highlights below, or go the full list.

keyconceptsleadershipKey concepts in leadership
Jonathon Gosling, Ian Sutherland, Stephanie Jones, Joost Dijkstra
Sage
2012
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masteringsemistructuredinterviewMastering the semi-structured interview and beyond: from research design to analysis and publication
Anne Galletta
New York University Press
2013
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gendergenresportsGender and genre in sports documentaries: Critical essays
Zachary Ingle, David M. Sutera
Scarecrow Press
Online (ebrary)
2013

endofpowerThe end of power: From boardrooms to battlefields, and churches to states, why being in charge isn’t what it used to be
Moisés Naím
Basic Books
2013
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Census Tools – New Guide

population density map Villanova

Census 2010 – Population Density per sq. mile surrounding Villanova University. From Social Explorer.

Introducing a new research guide for students and faculty interested in using U.S. Census data in their next research project. The Census Tools guide provides an overview of the various tools offered by Falvey Memorial Library, in addition to American FactFinder 2, the official tool of the U.S. Census.

The guide includes a brief description of each tool, relevant coverage, and recommended uses. Researchers can also find links to help pages and other aids for each tool.

The Census Tools guide is the perfect starting point for your demographic research!

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Schedule Library Instruction Now!

Thinking of bringing your class to the library this semester? Now is the time to schedule it! Library classrooms and librarians’ schedules fill up quickly in August and September.

And, don’t forget about the other services offered by Falvey’s subject librarians!

  • Research Appointments
    • Individual or group meetings at any stage of the research process.
  • Research Guides
  • Instructional Workshops
    • Bring your class to the library for a tailored workshop!
    • Past topics include demonstration of key resources, the research process, APA citations, plagiarism, and more!
  • Open Workshops
    • Your librarian can schedule library space for open work time as your project due date approaches. Students are welcome to drop in to work on their project, ask questions of the librarian, and enjoy a snack!
  • Material Requests
    • Know of a book, DVD, or other resource that would be valuable to your program? Suggest it to your subject librarian!

Education, Counseling, & Psychology

Kimberley Bugg
kimberley.bugg@villanova.edu
610-519-3073
Room 227

Communication, Criminology, & Sociology

Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391
Room 223

 

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Use Data from ICPSR this Fall

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Source: ICPSR

ICPSR makes integrating data into your course easy with a host of instructional materials! Check out their website for data-driven exercises, the Crosstab Assignment Builder, and specific data modules.

 

Students who use ICPSR data for a project might consider entering the ICPSR Research Paper Competition. Students with a passion for data might pursue the ICPSR summer internship program.

 

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Recent DVD Arrivals

Thinking of adding some media to your syllabus? Take a look at the DVDs that arrived in the library this summer! Browse the highlights below.

Academy Award Nominees, Best Picture

Academy Award of Merit (Oscar)Argo (Winner)
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of Southern Wild
Les Miserables
Django Unchained

Documentary Films

Big Mama
A devoted grandmother struggles to raise her orphan grandson alone in southcentral Los Angeles.

Terra Blight
Examines America’s consumption of technology and the global problem of e-waste. The documentary traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal, and uncovers how these products are disposed of and where exactly they wind up.

5 Broken Cameras
A deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

See more!

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New Books in Communication!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: July 2, 2013
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

New books of particular interest to faculty and students in the Communication Department. Preview a handful of books below, or browse the full list of most recent arrivals.

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Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring
edited by Jonathan Passmore, David B. Peterson, and Teresa Freire
Wiley-Blackwell
Online
2013
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whiteracialframe

The White Racial Frame: Centuries of White Racial Framing and Counter-framing
by Joe R. Feagin
(2nd Edition)
Routledge
2013

hdbkmediapsych

The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology
edited by Karen E. Dill
Oxford University Press
Online
2013
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socialnet

The Social Net: Understanding Our Online Behavior
edited by Yair Amichai-Hamburger
(2nd Edition)
Oxford University Press
2013
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New Books in Research Methods

New books for research methods in social science. Preview a few titles below or browse the full list of latest arrivals in this area. Also check out our new additions from the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods collection.

researchmatters

Research Matters: A Guide to Research Writing
by Rebecca Moore Howard and Amy Rupiper Taggart
McGraw-Hill
2013
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beginnersguide

Beginner’s Guide to Doing Qualitative Research: How to Get Into the Field, Collect Data, and Write Up Your Project
by Erin Horvat
Teacher’s College Press
2013
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usablesocialscience

Usable Social Science
by Neil J. Smelser and John S. Reed
University of California Press
Online
2013

quantumsocsci

Quantum Social Science
by Emmanuel Haven and Andrei Yu. Khrennikov
by Cambridge University Press
2013
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