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 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.