Upcoming Workshop: Dealing with Data

Dealing with Data

Senior Thesis Workshop
Thursday October 26 12-1 pm

Join faculty, including Associate Professor of Biology Kara Cerveny, for a conversation about key data moments in the thesis-writing process. The workshop will be useful for students early in the thesis process, focusing on what Cerveny calls “predata-ing.”

David Gruber, Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Support, describes predata-ing as:

Helping students think early about how the data they collect, and the questions they ask about their data, contributes to their thesis project. It can be helpful to hear about how other students are approaching data collection and use, and the workshop gives students a chance to learn from each other.

The workshop will also include staff from the Data@Reed team who can provide assistance with finding, managing, analyzing, visualizing, and preserving data.

This series is open to seniors of all majors, including Spring-Falls.

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October Citation Management Workshops

It’s probably time to start writing your papers. New to using EndNote or Zotero? Need a refresher on how to create a bibliography or cite while you write? We can help. Join us for one of our 30 minute drop-in workshops.

All workshops will be in Library L17.

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Introduction to EndNote  Wednesday 10/4/17 2:00-2:30

EndNote & Microsoft Word  Wednesday 10/11/17 2:00-2:30

Introduction to Zotero – Monday 10/2/17 3:00-3:30

Zotero & Microsoft Word – Monday 10/9/17 3:00-3:30

Questions? Ask A Librarian!

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Stata workshop: Econ 311

Join me in ETC 211 today, Friday 9/22 (1:10-2pm), for a workshop on using Stata for analysis as you might in Econ 311 this fall (Prof. Jeff Parker).

Materials: codefile (do file) | slides

note: you’ll need to be logged in to your Reed-self to access the codefile above.

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Come learn about Zotero and EndNote

Come learn about the new versions of Zotero and EndNote at our September drop-in workshops.

Intro to EndNote – Monday 9/11/17 4:30-5:00 in Library 17

EndNote & Microsoft Word – Wednesday 9/20/17 10:00-10:30 in Library 17

 

Intro to Zotero – Monday 9/11/17 3:30-4:oo in Library 17

Zotero & Microsoft Word – Monday 9/18/17 3:30-4:00 in Library 221

 

Zotero and EndNote are two citation management software packages available to Reed students. Citation managers allow you to create your own personal research database to easily collect, organize , and format references. Learning to use a citation manager will help you save time when creating bibliographies.

Questions? Ask A Librarian!

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New Data @ Reed Website!

The Data@Reed Team have been busy this summer – in between a regatta, a heatwave, and the solar eclipse we managed to make major changes to our website!

Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

The first change you’ll notice are the addition of historic photographs to the homepage.

Faculty and students have been working with data at Reed since the very beginning of the institution.

How we deal with data is always changing, though, so we updated our Stata tutorials as well as our recommendations for citing data. We also added some tips for students on finding and managing data.

Finally, we added descriptions of our data services for faculty.

Let us know what you think!

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Endangered Data Week, April 17-21

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Today is the start of the first-ever Endangered Data Week!

The goal of the week is to increase visibility for at-risk public datasets – either from deletion, repression, or loss.

The website for Endangered Data Week has some background information as to why this issue is coming to prominence now:

Political events in the United States have shed new light on the fragility of publicly administered data. In just the first few weeks of the Trump administration and 115th Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency was allegedly ordered to remove climate change information from its website, the USDA removed animal welfare data from its website, and the House passed H.Res.5, specifically excluding changes to the Affordable Care Act from mandatory long-term cost data analysis. The Senate and House of Representatives have both received proposed bills (S.103 and H.R.482) prohibiting funding from being used “to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.” While researchers, archivists, librarians, and watchdog groups work hard to create and preserve open data, there’s little guarantee that information under federal control will always survive changes to federal agencies.

Endangered Data Week is building on two other noteworthy data rescue programs that have sprung up in the last few months: Data Refuge (focusing on climate data) and ICPSR’s DataLumos (focusing on social science data). 

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Check out the Endangered Data Week website for more information about how to get involved.

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Upcoming Spring Zotero and EndNote Troubleshooting Workshops

Having trouble with your citation management in EndNote or Zotero? Join us for one of our 30 minute drop-in workshops.

All workshops will be in Library L17.

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EndNote Troubleshooting

Friday 4/14/17 3:00-3:30
Tuesday 4/18/17 4:00-4:30

 

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Zotero Troubleshooting

Wednesday 4/12/17 4:30-5:00
Friday 4/21/17 11:00-11:30

 

We can help with: downloading, populating a library, back-up, sharing, creating collections, making standalone bibliography, cite while you write, footnotes, adding page numbers, etc.

Questions? Ask A Librarian!

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Common Data Quandaries: Finding Data

Finding data for your research project can be difficult. You may not be sure the data exist or where to start looking. Further complicating matters, interfaces for retrieving data vary greatly. Ask yourself the following two questions to get your search started on the right foot:

1. Are you looking for Data or Statistics?

statabstIt is easy to get the two terms confused. Statistics are an interpretation or summary of data. They are the result of analysis and usually come in the form of a table or chart. Examples of statistics can be found in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Data is the raw information from which statistics can be created. Data usually comes in datasets which are machine-readable files that can be analyzed in programs like Excel, Stata, and R. To gain a deeper understanding of any given phenomenon, you need to analyze data.

2. Who may have created the data or statistic that you seek?

Instead of thinking about the data itself, think about the source. Possibilities include:

The Government. Governments collect all sorts of data on populations, health, business, and many other topics. Department and agency websites often have a data section. Data.gov is the portal to the federal government’s open data.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). NGOs often collection data in line with their mission. NGOs can be helpful when looking for local and international data.

Private companies. Business often gather and package data for sale. The library can help with the process of purchasing proprietary data when necessary.

Other researchers. Sharing data is becoming increasingly common among researchers who share their data in data repositories. Re3data is a searchable catalog of data repositories.

These are just two questions to get you started, but there are many more brainstorming questions to help with a data search. Need help? Email me to set up an appointment.

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Tales + tips from the (data) trenches

Welcome to the third week of spring term, where schedules start feeling familiar and you may be looking ahead toward spring break, rather than over your shoulder at the last snowstorm.

This semester, the Data@Reed team will bring you a series of posts on commonly-encountered data quandaries, frequent requests that cross our desks, and good things to know as you move forward in your own data work — be that for a methods course, seminar, or your thesis.

Watch this space or follow us on Twitter for updates; questions, feel free to ping the team at data /at/ reed \dot\ edu. 

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Statista Database Trial

Starting today, the library has a two week trial of StatistaStatista logo, a statistics portal for market data, consumer survey results, and industry trends.

Try searching the database and let us know your feedback. Are the included data sources useful? Do you find the user interface easy to use? Send your thoughts to isaakd@reed.edu.

Note: The database is not available off campus.

 

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