SHU Libraries Database Spotlight: ICPSR

Written By Sara Makler, Former Adjunct Librarian

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (or ICPSR) is, as the name implies, a consortium of universities who seek to collect, preserve, and disseminate social science data. ICPSR contains a vast quantity of data available to the SHU community. The data includes studies and files in areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. This trove of data can help you with research for assignments. 

You can easily search by topic and find data and the publications associated with it. This allows the use of these publications with an eye towards the actual data as well as the authors’ use of that data, enabling you to gain a familiarity with the use of raw data that you may not otherwise obtain. 

This is extremely useful. To get to ICPSR, go to the library homepage at https://library.shu.edu/home and click on Databases. 

Once on the database page, use the Search box to find “ICPSR”. 

 Alternatively, go directly here: https://library.shu.edu/ICPSRsite 

For more information about data resources at SHU, please visit: https://library.shu.edu/data 

For more information about Data Ethics, please visit: https://library.shu.edu/dataethics 

 

SHU Libraries Database Spotlight: PolicyMap

Written By Sara Makler, Former Adjunct Librarian

At SHU, we have access to some great resources that will help you with your assignments and researchOne of them is PolicyMap. 

PolicyMap is an online mapping and geographic information system (GIS) tool with access to a wide range of data, including demographics, real estate, health, jobs, and more. This allows you to create a map of a given area – an address or a zip code – and look at the assorted data for that area. You can use the existing data or upload your own, which will allow you to visually analyze your data. You can then save, download and print your map to use in presentations or in your own research. 

This is an excellent tool! To use it, go to the library homepage at https://library.shu.edu/home and click on Databases. 

Once on the database page, use the search box to search for PolicyMap. 

Alternatively, go directly here: https://library.shu.edu/PolicyMap 

For more information about data resources at SHU, please visit: https://library.shu.edu/data 

For more information about Data Ethics, please visit: https://library.shu.edu/dataethics 

SHU Libraries Database Spotlight: Statista

Written by Sara Makler, Former SHU Adjunct Librarian

Statista is one of the world’s largest providers of statistical data. It consolidates data from over 22,500 sources from around the world, related to over 80,000 topics. If you are working on an assignment that requires statistical data, you are likely to find something on Statista. In addition to the raw data, Statista provides related studies that can help with research assignments. While Statista is known among business and marketing majors, it has data about numerous other topics, such as social sciences and health. 

Statista will benefit your research in almost any assignment that calls for data use. At SHU, you can find it here: https://library.shu.edu/statista 

Or follow the instructions below to get there. 

Go to the library homepage at https://library.shu.edu/home and click on Databases. 

Once on the database page, use the search box to search for Statista. 

For more information about data resources at SHU, please visit: https://library.shu.edu/data 

For more information about Data Ethics, please visit: https://library.shu.edu/dataethics 

Love Data Week 2022

Love Data Week 2022 Logo

Seton Hall University Libraries’ fifth annual participation in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) sponsored Love Data Week successfully concluded two weeks ago. This year’s theme was ‘data is for everyone.’

If you missed any of this year’s events, they were recorded and are now uploaded at Seton Hall University Libraries YouTube page with this playlist.

Data Lakes:

Dr. Olga Komissarova, researcher and recent Seton Hall PhD graduate, gives an excellent introduction and overview of the concept of data lakes, central repositories of unprocessed data in various formats, and the use of unstructured data (documents, images, video) for business intelligence.

Data Ethics:

Business Librarian Chelsea Barrett and Data Services Specialist Samah Alshrief start a conservation about the role of data ethics in a modern world awash with data. They discuss the moral implications of handling and managing data with issues related to privacy, security, bias, and data reuse and scholarship integrity as well as the role of researchers to promote it with considered intentions, purposeful data collection, security, the impact of analysis, and raising general awareness of and training in data ethics.

Data in Finance:

Dr. Anthony Loviscek, professor and chair of the Seton Hall Finance Department, discusses data in finance using a case study of Warren Buffett and his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, the idea of alpha (exceptional above average performance), and return to risk.

Seton Hall’s Collections Around the World:

Assistant Dean for Special Collections and the Gallery Sarah Ponichtera and Gallery Director Jeanne Brasile outline the gallery’s efforts to create a public facing database of the unique treasures entrusted to Seton Hall’s guardianship, increasing the accessibility of this special resource for the Seton Hall community and beyond. It includes a demonstration of the visual and interactive story maps tool, highlighting the collection’s global scale.

Data Services:

Data Service Specialist Samah Alshrief gives an overview of the services provided to students and faculty by Seton Hall’s Data Services group. These services include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data visualization, data storage, and data location and cleaning. She also gives brief introductions into the many powerful data related tools and software available to the entire Seton Hall community including Qualtrics, Policy Map, Atlas.ti, SPSS, Stata, R, Constellate, Power Bi, and Tableau.

How We Are Supporting the SHU Community + The Recognition of the Team

Seton Hall University Libraries launched its Data Services Team in Fall 2019 with the mission to help faculty, students, and staff, find, manage, analyze, and visualize data for their coursework in addition to supporting individual research needs. The predominant goal thus far has been to provide students with a premier research experience and support faculty members with their own research initiatives. The Data Services Team does this by way of one-on-one consultations and instructional workshops that are rooted in data literacy, data management, data ethics, and data software. The Team advises quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial mapping projects and can help connect individuals to software that aligns with their research. Seton Hall University offers a variety of different software to help the team achieve this.

In addition, the Team contributes to Data Services academic scholarship and is beginning to gain recognition for its work from this community across the country (please see below the conferences and presentations the Team has and is participating in). In tandem with the recognition, we would like to additionally commemorate the Team’s resilience to the challenges the pandemic has brought forth by refining their workflow to adapt to the changing environment and the increase in services.

Alshrief, S. and Barrett, C.  Data Ethics. (2021, October 6). Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Biennial Meeting 2021.

Alshrief, S. Barrett, C. DeLuca, and S. Ince. ArcGIS StoryMaps: Everybody Has A Story To Tell. (2021, October 15). Southeast Data Librarian Symposium.

Alshrief, S., Ince. S., Barrett, C. & L. DeLuca. Atlas.ti for Literature Review. (2021, October). Midwest Data Librarian Symposium. 

Barrett, C., DeLuca, L., Alshrief, S. and S. Ince. Data Consultations: This Is How We Do It. (2021, October 14). Southeast Data Librarian Symposium. 

DeLuca, L. and S.Ince. Scholarly Metrics Reports for Tenure & Promotion Candidates. 2021, December 5). Northeast Institutional Repository Day.  

Ince, S., Alshrief, S., DeLuca, L. and Barrett, C. Starting Research Data Services during a Pandemic?. (2021, October 21 12:25pm ) Access. 

 

For further information, please view the Data Services website.

Upcoming October Data Services Classes

SHU Data Services Libraries is happy to announce that it will be hosting Data Services classes throughout the fall semester. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend the workshops. Please see below the schedule for the month of October, or access the full fall calendar here.

October 5th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: StoryMaps in ArcGIS

October 5th, 2021, from 12:00-1:30 pm: Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 – Humanitarian Mapping with Open Cities Latin America

*Please note: this workshop will be taken place virtually & in person on the South Orange Campus

October 6th, 2021, from 10:30-11:15 am: Coding in Qualitative Research

October 27th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Introduction to STATA

October 28th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Find Data For Your Research in ICPSR

To sign up, click on the link and then click “begin registration” which is located in the bottom left of the webpage. Fill out the registration form and a sign-up confirmation email will be sent to you. For any questions, please reach out to SHU Data Services at data.services@shu.edu. Students, faculty, and staff with workshop suggestions are encouraged to reach out to Data Services.

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019. Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators. For further information, please view the Data Services website. Part of the Data Service mission is to provide access to data sources including ICPSR.

Please Join Us at the ICPSR Biennial Meeting

Seton Hall University libraries is a part of The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), an organization of members from various institutions that work together to: acquire and preserve social science data, to provide open and equitable access to these data, and to promote effective data use. This year ICPSR will be hosting their Biennial Meeting, a fully virtual event, open to the public, and free.

The event will take place from October 6-8, 2021, with presentations happening between 10 am ET and 5pm ET. We strongly suggest that our students, faulty, and staff attend. You can register here.

This year’s meeting is themed “Data Positivity: Data Doing Good” and will focus on ICPSR’s mission to further advance the discipline of science through training and information-sharing in the areas of data curation and data management, research and classroom data resources, and data education opportunities to help data-driven individuals “do good” by using the best and latest quantitative methods. 

**Please note: Samah Alshrief, Data Coordinator for University Libraries, will be presenting on Wednesday, Oct 6 at 1 pm EST about Data Ethics and how to manage missing data.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, October 5:
Attendee Orientation and informal happy hour

Wednesday, October 6:
10:30am: Virtual coffee and networking
11am: ICPSR Data Showcase
12pm: ICPSR Project Lightning Talks
*1pm: Research Data Ethics, presented by Seton Hall
2pm: From Dataset Detection to Instructional Resources: What’s New with the ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature
3pm: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ICPSR
4:30pm: ICPSR Awards

Thursday, October 7:
10:30am: Virtual coffee and networking – Book Club Edition
11am: Data Doing Good at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
12pm: State of the Consortium
2pm: OR/DR Boot Camp! Fundamentals and the Evolution of the Official and Designated Representative Role
4pm: Data Access
10:30am: Virtual coffee and networking – Book Club Edition
11am: Data Doing Good at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
12pm: State of the Consortium
2pm: OR/DR Boot Camp! Fundamentals and the Evolution of the Official and Designated Representative Role
4pm: Data Access

Friday, October 8:
10:30am: Virtual coffee and networking – DEI Edition
11am: ICPSR Curation: The who, what, where, why and how of curating data at ICPSR
12pm: Virtual Booths – ICPSR Projects
1pm: New Virtual Data Resources: Restricted Data, GIS, and Election Data for use in the classroom and more
2pm: Data Brunch Live! Extremism in Social Media
3:30pm: Closing Session

Access the full schedule with brief synopses here.

Resources:

ICPSR additionally offers excellent resources for instructors who are teaching and students who are learning about data. Please additionally see these resources:

How to Read a Journal Article
A Guide to Interpreting SPSS Output
Citing Data
Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans

 

Upcoming Fall Data Services Classes

SHU Data Services Libraries is happy to announce that it will be hosting Data Services classes throughout the fall semester. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend the workshops. Please see below the schedule for the month of September, or access the full fall calendar here.

September 8th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Research Data Management

September 9th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Introduction to STATA

September 15th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Qualitative Data Analysis in Atlas.ti 

September 16th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: StoryMaps in ArcGIS

September 21st, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Introduction to STATA

September 22nd, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Introduction to ggplot

September 23rd, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Find Data For Your Research in ICPSR

September 29th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Introduction to Jupyter

September 30th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Building Survey in Qualtrics

To sign up, click on the link and then click “begin registration” which is located in the bottom left of the webpage. Fill out the registration form and a sign-up confirmation email will be sent to you. For any questions, please reach out to SHU Data Services at data.services@shu.edu. Students, faculty, and staff with workshop suggestions are encouraged to reach out to Data Services.

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019. Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators. For further information, please view the Data Services website. Part of the Data Service mission is to provide access to data sources including ICPSR.

World Bank Maps Tool Available for Research

Directly from the World Bank website, Seton Hall students and faculty can visualize and investigate data through World Bank Maps, an interactive map tool that allows users to browse World Bank projects and datasets.

This resource could aid the research process of several students and faculty at Seton Hall, especially at the School of Diplomacy.

The map tool offers several features for its users, including a project function that provides a global overview of World Bank developmental projects, with a breakdown for each country that details the amount of projects as well as total investment amounts.

Additionally, an option to check projects related to COVID-19 response efforts is available for those interested.

Besides project data, the mapping tool offers access to 1450 World Bank datasets that can be added as a map layer for data visualization purposes. The datasets cover a wide range of research topics, ranging from per capita income, education completion rates, labor market data, and several other indicators of human development.

Finally, the World Bank also offers a DataBank that students can use to search for time series data and use it to create visualizations, maps, and research reports. Directly from this tool, besides creating visualizations, users can check reports shared by other users.

SHU Data Services encourages students and faculty to check these datasets, as these tools may be a useful asset to your research needs. A user guide is available for the World Development Indicators.

For assistance with data visualization or questions on this map tool, please reach out to Data Services at data.services@shu.edu.

 

Upcoming Data Services Summer Classes

SHU Data Services Libraries is excited to announce upcoming Data Services classes, starting out next week. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend sessions. Please see the schedule below or access the full calendar through this link.

July 6th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Introduction to Stata

July 7th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Introduction to Jupyter

July 8th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Find Data For Your Research in ICPSR

July 13th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Introduction to Microsoft Power BI

July 14th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti

July 15th, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Research Data Management

July 20th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Building Survey in Qualtrics

July 21st, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Survey Research in Qualtrics

July 28th, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: Data Analysis in SPSS

August 11st, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Research Data Management

August 12nd, 2021, from 2:00-2:45 pm: StoryMaps in ArcGIS

August 31st, 2021, from 10:00-10:45 am: Research Data Management

To sign up for any specific section, click on the link of it and follow the registration prompts to receive your sign-up confirmation. For any questions, please reach out to SHU Data Services at data.services@shu.edu. Students, faculty, and staff with workshop suggestions are encouraged to reach out to Data Services.

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019.  Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  For further information, please view the Data Services website.  Part of the Data Service mission is to provide access to data sources including ICPSR.