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  1. ICPSR – Finding and Using Data for Research Libbie Stephenson ISR Data Archives March 12, 2010

  2. Getting to Know ICPSR http://www.icpsr.umich.edu • What is ICPSR? From where do the data come? • Why do individuals use ICPSR? • Supporting Social Sciences Research • Enhancing undergraduate and graduate education • How do I get started using ICPSR? • Finding data http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/access/index.jsp • Creating a MyData account • Downloading data https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ticketlogin Stephenson - ATS

  3. It’s About Data! • Seek out researchers, PIs, research agencies and collect data files and pertinent documents related to the original research • Process the data and documents • Output data into multiple formats (ASCII, SAS, SPSS, STATA, SDA) • Preserve it for the future • Disseminate data directly to the desktops of students and researchers for secondary analysis • Provide education, training, & instructional resources • Summer Program in Quantitative Methods • Undergraduate and graduate student & teaching resources to support quantitative literacy Stephenson - ATS

  4. More About the Data • ICPSR archives both U.S. and international data • Data Sources: • Government (census, government organizations) • Large data collection efforts (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Panel Study of Income Dynamics) • Polls (ABC and CBS news polls, voter polls) • Principal Investigators (Chitwan Valley Family Study, Marital Instability Over the Life Course) • Data repurposed (Integrated Fertility Survey Series, Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys) • Other organizations (NCAA) Stephenson - ATS

  5. Data for Many disciplines • Anthropology • Criminal Justice • Demography • Economics • Education • Foreign Policy • Gerontology • Health & Medical Policy • History • Law/Legal Services • Political Sciences • Psychology • Public Policy • Sociology Stephenson - ATS

  6. Exploring the ICPSR Web site http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/ Stephenson - ATS

  7. Finding and Downloading Data • Many search tools found under the Find & Analyze Data link • MyData account – operates as authentication and like a shopping cart! • Data available in a variety of formats: • ASCII data with set-up files • SPSS, SAS, STATA, Online analysis • Includes documentation • Codebook – original and reformulated • Processing notes • User support available Stephenson - ATS

  8. Searching for Data - Tips • When you know what you want • An acronym • A survey name • A series name • An investigator or agency name • You sort of know what you want • Keywords or themes • Populations, time frame, geography • Type of data • You have no idea what you want! • Start with the Bibliography of Data-Related Literature Stephenson - ATS

  9. Specialty Archives andThematic Collections • Data grouped by substantive topic • Many archives (thematic collections), including: • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) • Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) • Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) • International Data Resource Center (IDRC) • General Archive Stephenson - ATS

  10. Data Exploration Exercise • Find the “Search” box on the front page (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu) • Enter a search term of your choice • Identify a study of interest • Read the description • Who were the survey participants? • Where & when was it collected? • What were the main subjects covered? • Find an article based on these data • Would you like to download? • Does this study have online analysis capability? Stephenson - ATS

  11. The Study Home Page Stephenson - ATS

  12. ICPSR’s Bibliography of Data-Related Literature • Publications based on data held at ICPSR • Growing the Data Bibliography • ICPSR staff continuously searching for data citations • Encouraging the use of data citations (included in all downloads & on the documentation page!) • Ability to see the article citation and click through for full-text through UC e-Links • Many use the Data Bibliography as a search tool! Stephenson - ATS

  13. Exploring Data Through Research Literature • Designed to teach quantitative research methods to undergraduates in a different way. • Integrates ICPSR bibliography of data related literatureinto teaching students how make their way from ideas to empirical work to literature and back. • Suitable for both research methods and other substantive courses requiring empirical research • http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/EDRL/index.jsp Stephenson - ATS

  14. Online Analysis Software • Survey Documentation & Analysis (SDA) developed at UC Berkeley • Web-based, requires no additional software or licensing • Over 500 datasets available for use with SDA • Just interested in online datasets? • Easy for students but sophisticated analyses available for researchers • Good for preliminary analyses to determine whether data will work for a particular research question Stephenson - ATS

  15. Bringing Data Into the Classroom In partnership with teaching faculty, ICPSR has developed: • Online tutorials • Online teaching modules • Online Learning Center (Introductory/Substantive Courses) • Student research opportunities Stephenson - ATS

  16. Additional ICPSR Resources • Summer Program in Quantitative Methods • Registration to open February 9, 2010 • Subscribed Email Lists • ICPSR Help • FAQs (searchable) • Data User Help Center (w/ audio/video tutorials) • Local Support • ICPSR Social Networks Stephenson - ATS

  17. Online Learning Center • Tool to help learn simple data analysis techniques • Intended for introductory-level statistical analysis. • OLC addresses key concerns raised by teaching faculty in focus groups and in-depth interviews. • Requires no additional software. • www.icpsr.umich.edu/OLC • Webinar on using the OLC in class on ICPSR website Stephenson - ATS

  18. Research Opportunities for Students • Research paper competitions -- a research journal experience & cash prizes! • Paid student internships focusing on investigating social sciences research Stephenson - ATS

  19. For More Info: • Explore the website - http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/ • Sign up for email announcements - http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/org/lists/index.jsp • Attend or view webinars (open to the public!) - http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/help/datausers/index.jsp • Contact – netmail@icpsr.umich.edu • Also contact the Data Archive 310-825-07161120-H Rolfe Hallhttp://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/da • Libbie Stephenson, Archivist libbie@ucla.edu • Jamie Jamison, Technology Specialist archivehelp@issr.ucla.edu Stephenson - ATS