Data & Statistical Methodology Guides

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Data & Statistical Methodology Guides

The resources listed on this page will help you with understanding how data and statistics are used and interpreted as well as assist you with analyzing and presenting data and statistics. For guides about general research methodology, be sure to look at Research Methodology - Social Sciences and Health guide. For help finding data and statistics, look at SSHEL's Data and Statistical Sources.


Background Information | Methodology Guides | Online Tutorials



Background Information

300.15195 V868d 2011
Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology: a Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences
Provides nontechnical definitions (i.e. in standard English and avoiding algebraic definitions) of statistical and methodological terms used in the social and behavioral sciences. Intended for "educated general readers," it focuses on concepts rather than calculations. Examples and illustrations are included when useful. Technical terms used to define other terms are asterisked when they too have entries. Includes key to frequently used symbols and the Greek alphabet, list of illustrations, and suggestions for further reading.

016.31 St2
Statistics Sources(online)
This four-volume directory is a guide to current sources of quantitative information from more than 200 countries. It lists more than 50,000 subjects and incorporates more than 155,000 citations and 1,000 sources of statistical information. Arranged alphabetically by issuing organization within each subject category, entries lead readers to a wide range of materials and formats for domestic and international statistics. It is updated annually; newest editions are available online; older print editions are available in Main Reference (2011) and Oak Street (1962-2010).



Methodology Guides

Best Practices in Data Cleaning: a complete guide to everything you need to do before and after collecting your data. 2013. (Online)
Walks through the process of data examination and cleaning. Chapters focus on “debunking the myths” of data collection, analysis, and use. Aims to help readers reduce error and increase quality and reliability of results. Includes references and an index.

HA29 G726 2014 (Undergrad Library)
Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 2014
Provides a look at the basic concepts in statistics in a way that goes beyond memorizing formulas. Using learning aids and real-world examples, the authors explain statistical procedures to show the why behind the number crunching. Emphasizes the importance of being a well-informed consumer of information by understanding exactly how a researcher or organization found their published results. Includes list of references and an index.

Exploratory Data Analysis in Business and Economics : an introduction using SPSS, Stata, and Excel. 2013 (Online)
This book is aimed towards business and economic students and practitioners who want to familiarize themselves with data and statistics. Examples and exercises are provided with the solutions at the end of the book.

Multivariate Analysis for the Biobehavioral and Social Sciences: a graphical approach. 2011. (Online)
This book breaks down multivariate statistics to a comprehensible level with the use of case studies and software applications. Each chapter clearly explains which method is used and why, and is followed with an exercise the reader can try on their own.

001.4226 Ev27p (Communications Library)
Presenting data effectively : communicating your findings for maximum impact. 2014.
Aims to create guidelines for presenting data in a way that engages audiences and helps them understand the researcher better. Steps guide students, faculty, and researchers alike through principles from cognitive psychology, communications, and graphic design in order to package data in the most useful, attention-getting format. Includes list of references and an index.

519.5 F853s 2011
Social Statistics for a Diverse Society. 6th ed. 2011. (SSHEL RCC)
This revised and updated introductory statistics textbook is intended to teach students the basics of statistics while providing real-world social science contexts for the statistics principles and practices. Complicated mathematical formulas are downplayed in favor of prose explanations and common sense. This volume integrates the teaching of SPSS for Windows using data from the General Social Survey, Health Information National Trends Survey, and Monitoring the Future. Included throughout are numerous tables, graphs, and charts, as well as in-chapter definitions. Each chapter includes clearly-marked learning objectives, summarized main points, lists of key terms, SPSS demonstrations and problems, and practice exercises. Includes six appendices, answer keys for select practice questions, a glossary, endnotes, and an index.

300.28555 Y72s 2011 (SSHEL RCC)
SPSS Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Data Analysis. 2011.
This guide to SPSS software is intended for both undergraduate and graduate social and behavioral science students. Part I introduces basic information about SPSS and descriptive statistics, while Part II provides information about inferential statistics and more advanced SPSS techniques. Chapters include examples, definitions, and SPSS screenshots. Includes three appendices (data transformations and other procedures, importing files, and answer key) as well as an index.

Visual intelligence: Microsoft tools and techniques for visualizing data. 2013. (Online)
A step by step guidebook in creating specific types of visualizations. Readers will learn which type of visualization design is appropriate for each occasion, along with which tools to use. 

001.422 N487y2013 (SSHEL Stacks)
Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions. 2013.
Based on questions frequently asked by students and professionals when putting statistical theory into practice designing studies and analyzing data. Revised second edition has been expanded to include more illustrations and examples and to update references and resource recommendations. New topics like secondary data analysis, bootstrapping, mediator and moderator variables, and modern robust statistics have been added. Structured to cover a wide range of statistical questions, represent all views on such issues, and give practical examples based on the authors’ interpretation of agreed-upon knowledge of the field. Includes many diagrams and charts, a list of references, and an index.



Online Tutorials has a large selection of online tutorials about a variety of topics. It's possible to search or browse tutorials. On the search results page, you can filter by type of tutorial (course, video, article, playlist), skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, appropriate for all), subject, software, and company. Topics relevant to data and statistics include: