Resources for Students & Researchers
Here is a list of resources I hope you may find helpful.
For My Students
- Getting a letter of recommendation
- Advice from a college professor
- The Hidden Curriculum in Grad School
- Introduction to Data Analysis & Visualization using Stata - introduction to Stata, including reference guides
- OpenIntro Statistics - free, comprehensive textbook on statistics and data analysis
- Percentage Change vs. Percentage Point Change - a key distinction for writing and interpreting statistics
- "Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars Over Usage" - by David Foster Wallace; part of my purpose as a teacher is to help you learn Standard Written English as a foreign dialect
- The best questions about writing on Quora
Reproducibility & Transparency in Research
- The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata - by J. Scott Long; every social scientist using Stata needs to read this book
- Manual of Best Practices for Transparent Social Science Research - by Garret Christensen, BITSS
- Research Transparency Online Course - YouTube Course created by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences
- GitHub Guides - guides to learn how to use GitHub, software to make version control easier and more efficient
- Equator Network - reporting guidelines for writing up research (or see APA reporting guidelines for psychology for a closely allied field)
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
- ICPSR* - huge data repository with wide variety of datasets available
- Data.gov* - U.S. Government's open data repository
- Harvard Dataverse - data from all disciplines; also, a repository for replication datasets
- Pew* - Pew makes its high-quality, nationally representative data on a variety of topics publicly available
- UCLA Social Science Data Archive
- NBER Data - economic-related data
- Demographic and Health Program Surveys - population, health, HIV, nutrition; over 300 surveys in 90 countries
- ED Data Inventory - list of education-related datasets from the Department of Education
- SF OpenData - hundreds of San Francisco city datasets
- Dataquest - blog post listing a number of great data resources
Panel data from U.S. nationally representative samples on a variety of topics
- RAND American Life Panel - beginning in 2007
- USC Understanding America Study* - beginning in 2014
- GfK KnowledgePanel and NORC AmeriSpeak are also representative panels, but they do not freely share resultant data. You can, however, use their services to field your own survey.
- Pew American Trends Panel - just started in 2014, sharing some limited data (look at individual reports)
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.