Resources for Students & Researchers

Here is a list of resources I hope you may find helpful. 

Learning Resources

Reproducibility & Transparency in Research

Quantitative Skills

Data Resources

The lists of datasets and data repositories can help provide a starting point for finding data for a research paper or project.  I have used those with a * extensively in my own research and so may be able to assist students with questions about them. 

Lists of Datasets / Repositories
Panel Data
Panel data from U.S. nationally representative samples on a variety of topics
Specific Datasets
These datasets are generally respected and widely used. 
  • General Social Survey* - ongoing, nationally representative survey of U.S. life since 1972
  • IPUMS - U.S. Census data 
  • IHIS* - U.S. Nationally representative survey related to health
  • Add Health - longitudinal study of health from adolescence to adulthood, includes network, educational, and biometric data
  • NLS (including NLSY) - National Longitudinal Surveys, looking at important life events and labor market outcomes
  • HINTS* - Health Information National Trends Survey
  • PIAAC - Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, assesses cognitive and workplace skills


Odds & Ends

Sociology as Profession
  • The importance of stupidity in scientific research (JCS) 
  • On Being a Scientist (PNAS) - Much of the tacit knowledge of the scientific professions made explicit; though the article is over two decades old, still quite true. Aside from the section on "Scientific Progress," I largely agree, and think this a valuable resource for students starting out in grad school or undergrads considering a career in academic research.
Other Helpful Pieces
Things I have found helpful throughout my work-life.