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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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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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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 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

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

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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Teaching and Learning Strategies Continued

This post is for all of you who would like to capitalize on the momentum of yesterday’s exciting Teaching and Learning Strategies presentations. Did you know that Falvey offers many discipline-specific teaching and learning journals? Check out highlights from some of these journals below.

College Teaching
Publishes peer-reviewed articles on how instructors across all academic disciplines can improve student learning. Each issue includes practical ideas and new strategies for successful teaching. Topics may range from research on teaching methods, educational technologies, classroom management, and assessment and grading, to faculty development, course design, and interdisciplinary teaching.

 

Communication Education
Our mission at Communication Education is to publish rigorous, social science research related to these two focus areas: instructional communication and communication education.

 

Journalism & Mass Communication Educator
A peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that addresses the professional needs of the journalism and mass communication educator and administrator on both secondary and collegiate levels.

 

Teaching of Psychology
This indispensable journal offers creative and hands-on articles that help you use a variety of resources (for example, technology as a teaching tool) to enhance student learning.

 

Teaching Sociology
From the American Sociological Association, Teaching Sociology publishes articles, notes, and reviews intended to be helpful to the discipline’s teachers. Articles range from experimental studies of teaching and learning to broad, synthetic essays on pedagogically important issues.

 

Journal of Teacher Education
Provides a vital forum for considering practice, policy, and research in teacher education. It examines some of the most timely and important topics in the field.

 

Counselor Education and Supervision
Publishes articles on research, theory development, and program applications with essential information for the preparation and supervision of counselors in various settings.

 

Journal of Criminal Justice Education (available 1990-2011)
An official publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). JCJE provides a forum for the examination, discussion and debate of a broad range of issues concerning post-secondary education in criminal justice, criminology and related areas.

 

 

 

 

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New Research Methods Books

Check out these new research methods books.

whentousewhatWhen to use what research design
by W. Paul Vogt, Dianne C. Gardner, Lynne M. Haeffele
Guilford Press
2012

successfulresearchprojectsSuccessful research projects: A step-by-step guide
by Bernard C. Beins,
Sage Publications
2013

reviewingqualresearchReviewing qualitative research
edited by Audrey A. Trainor and Elizabeth Graue
Routledge
2013

howconductsurveysHow to conduct surveys: A step-by-step guide
by Arlene Fink
Sage Publications
2013

emergingmethodspsyEmerging methods in psychology
edited by Emily Abbey and Seth SurganTransaction Publishers
2011

 

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New DVDs!

A bunch of new DVDs on a diverse set of topics have recently arrived in the library. See the whole list, or check out some highlights below.

Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide

Documentary Film (2012)
Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.

Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.

Money, Power & Wall Street
Documentary Film –  A Frontline Production (2012)
In a special 4-hour investigation FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy exploring key decisions missed opportunities and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.

 

 

First Position
Documentary Film (2012)
Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. The box office hit documentary, Bess Kargman’s award-winning FIRST POSITION follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.

Slavoj Zizek, the Reality of the Virtual
Interview (2007)
Slavoj Zizek is a realist thinker. Zizek is always trying to think from the standpoint of the real and, at the same time, to think through the standpoint of the real. Going beyond the Lacanian Real what resists symbolization or marks the limit that is both obstacle and access to the real this is an examination of those real elements (which may or may not resist symbolization) that constitute the nodal points of our worldly existence, the points that undermine all systematic attempts to determine this existence in advance and by means of externally derived iron laws. It is unlikely that Zizek himself would put the matter in this fashion. This is because his strategy is precisely to flirt with iron principles (what he has most recently named lost causes) in order to expose how the political contingencies of our world are nowadays veiled by a palliative language that uses the alibi of contingency to defeat principles…

Albert Nobbs
Feature Film (2012)
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) gives a “powerhouse performance” (New York Post) as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Also starring a prestigious international cast including Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ALBERT NOBBS is a “terrific” (IndieWIRE) film adapted from the short story by Irish author George Moore.

*DVD cover photos and summaries from amazon.com.

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Last Modified: February 7, 2013