Tips and Tools

Fran Shaver and I have put together a number of readings that you might find useful. In many cases you will require Adobe Acrobat on your computer to read and print them.

Professional Development

Research and Project Design

Data Collection/Preparation/Analysis

  • Examples of Field Notes – Examples of handwritten and typed field notes.
  • Data Available from Statistics Canada (Data Liberation Initiative): Video clip of procedure to explore data on the DLI (requires access to Equinox site via an institution with access to the DLI).
  • Tips for Constructing Questionnaires – Narins, Pamela (1995) “Guidelines for creating better questionnaires” SPSS Keywords, #58, pp. 8-9.
  • Constructing Questionnaires – From Jackson, Winston (1988) Research Methods: Rules for Survey Design and Analysis, Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, pp81-104.
  • Writing more Effective Survey Questions: Narins, Pamela (1995) “Write more effective survey questions” SPSS Keywords, #57, pp. 6-7, 16.
  • Implications of Content and Structural Analysis – From Jackson, John (1981) “On the implications of content and structural analysis”, Pp 232-249 in Salter, Liora (ed.) Communication Studies in Canada, Toronto: Butterworths (permission granted by LexusNexis Canada Inc.)
  • Sampling and Questionnaire Construction (PPT presentation).
  • Guide for Questionnaire Construction From Selltiz, Claire, Lawrence Wrightsman, and Stuart Cook (1970) Research Methods in Social Relations, 3rd ed., New York: Holt, Rinehart, & Wiston, pp 547-563.
  • Discourse Analysis 1-page summary from Parker, Ian (1992) Discourse Dynamics: Critical Analysis for Social and Individual Psychology, New York: Routledge.
  • Discourse Analysis From Parker, Ian (1992) Discourse Dynamics: Critical Analysis for Social and Individual Psychology, New York: Routledge, pp 3-22, 122-127.
  • Interviewing Tips (excerpt from the STAR Workbook)
  • Tips for Taping (excerpt from the STAR Workbook)
  • Tips for Writing Interview Notes (prepared by Fran Shaver)
  • Example of a semi-structured interview form (NRE Household survey)

Communication

Statistics and SPSS

  • Statistics Summary – A summary of characteristics and conditions for basic statistics.
  • Using SPSS for Windows – A list of common routines for SPSS (Windows version).
  • Working with Syntax Files in SPSS – An illustrated guide for basic SPSS commands (by Vicki Beaupre-Odorico)
  • Entering data into SPSS – a video clip and list of steps for creating a codebook and entering raw data into SPSS via an excel spreadsheet.
  • Selecting codebooks from Concordia databases, computing SPSS results and inserting them into a Word file – a video clip from Soci 213 (Assignment 2)
  • Selecting data from Concordia databases and calculating basic statistics – a video clip from Soci 213 (Asssignment 3)
  • Index construction and Cronbach’s alpha – From Bohrnstedt, George W. and Daniel Knoke (1988) Statistics for Social Data Analysis, 2nd ed., Ithaca: F.E. Peacock, pp 382-386.
  • Weighting Cases in GSS – How to weight cases when using the General Social Surveys.
  • Multiple Regression From Nie, Norman, C. Hadlai Hull, Jean Jenkins, Karin Steinbrenner, and Dale Bent (1975) SPSS (2nd edition), New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975, pp 320-342.
  • Topics in General Linear Models From Nie, Norman, C. Hadlai Hull, Jean Jenkins, Karin Steinbrenner, and Dale Bent (1975) SPSS (2nd edition), New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975, pp 368-392.
  • Factor Analysis From Nie, Norman, C. Hadlai Hull, Jean Jenkins, Karin Steinbrenner, and Dale Bent (1975) SPSS (2nd edition), New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975, pp 468-490.