Monthly Archives: July 2010

Guides to Doing Quantitative Analysis

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an organization that provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.  As part of its commitment to education it maintains an Online Learning Center (OLC) that supports quantitative literacy in the social sciences.  The OLC is a collection of online learning guides.    Each guide is a stand-alone activity describing a central concept in a social science discipline and testing a relevant research question using real data.  The data-driven guides cover specific topics within Political Science, Sociology and Social Psychology.

The datasets used are from ICPSR’s data archive. Familiarity with a statistical program like SPSS or Stata is not necessary as the datasets all have been enhanced at ICPSR in a way that allows for access and analysis via a web interface called Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA). The SDA system was developed and is maintained by the University of California, Berkeley.

Afghan War Diary



WikiLeaks has released over 75,000 secret US military reports covering the war in Afghanistan.

The Afghan War Diary is an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. They include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.

Job Opening in EDS for a Graduate Student

Electronic Data Service (EDS) has an open part-time student Data Consultant position.   EDS is the service in the DSSC that specializes helping social science students and researchers who do quantitative work and need assistance with either GIS or statistical software.
The job requirements are:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Experience with either ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, or Stata
  • Able to work 10 hours per week
  • Can commit to working throughout the 2010-11 academic year

Drop off your resume in EDS, 215 Lehman Library just down the stairs from the DSSC, or send it via email to

Click here for the complete job description.

Resource Spotlight: AP Stylebook Online

AP Stylebook OnlineNeed a convenient way to check the AP Stylebook?  Try Columbia University Libraries new online version – AP Stylebook Online!  This online version offers the same A-Z guide to usage, spelling, and punctuation, and offers a pronunciation guide with audio files.

Bookmark this resource at the following URL:

(This resource is available only to current faculty, staff, and students of Columbia University)

Need New Apps?

If your iPhone, Droid or other smartphone is app-deprived, feel free to load it up with some of these mobile apps from the federal government. You can keep an eye out for the Ten Most Wanted from the FBI, check the UV Index while at the beach, or locate and contact the nearest American embassy (Locked Up Abroad, anyone?). Other apps are also available.icon_fbi   icon_Embassyicon_uvindex

New Photocopiers in Lehman

There are four new copiers at Lehman Library!   All four have page feeders and one takes cash. Add cash to your Flex Account at the machine in the library (denominations over $5) or by credit card at Student Services Online. If you have questions about copying, ask at the circulation desk.  General information about photocopying in the Libraries is on page,