Statistics and Research Methods

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General Statistics Resources

Guide to the Web for Statisticians
A stunningly comprehensive set of links and general information about statistics, from the most mundane to some of the most complex.

On-line Statistics Resources at Other Universities

COE 502: Introduction to Quantitative Methods (Gene Glass -- Arizona State University)
This course is offered in the College of Education at ASU. This site is nice because it provides small quizzes to help you test your knowledge. Where you answer questions incorrectly, it explains to you why your answer is wrong. Nicely done!
Statistics: The Study of Stability in Variation (Jan DeLeeuw -- U. California Los Angeles)
Note: Requires a Java-capable browser. This is an on-line statistics textbook located in the statistics department at UCLA. The material is presented in a slightly technical way, but if you've had decent exposure to stats and feel reasonably confident, dive right in!

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SOC 607/608 Survival Guide

One of the most feared course sequences in our department is SOC 607: General Linear Model/SOC 608: Causal Models. The stats sequence. Within the past year or so, our department changed the nature of the Stats I (SOC 607) course. Stats I previously began at a very elementary level, then worked through linear regression. Students are now expected to have a firm grasp of linear regression going in -- this makes for some uncomfortable students! Furthermore, students are now assumed to have mastery of linear regression and path analysis going into Stats II (SOC 608). In Stats II, students delve into such topics as log-linear models, logistic regression, and factor analysis (exploratory and confirmatory).

In an effort to keep myself up to date, and to try and help my peers, I'm going to attempt to gather a series of Internet statistics resources into one place. Together, I hope that these resources will help people understand the important concepts that they should know prior to and throughout SOC 607.

Please provide me with feedback. The only way this resource can be useful is if I know what works and what doesn't!

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Research Methods

Research methods are one of my favorite areas. While most people see methods as a rather dry subject, I see methods as providing the tools that will unlock some of the secrets of our world.

One of the most irritating things to me is people who say, "I'm a quantitative researcher" or, "I'm a qualitative researcher." Bah. Wake up! Research methods are tools. Not everything we're interested in studying can be captured through numbers -- they require qualitative approaches. Likewise, sometimes qualitative methods just can't tell us as much about something as quantitative methods can. Naturally, some people will use one approach more than the other, but to dismiss either out of hand smacks of dogmatism and, quite frankly, stupidity. (Would this be a good time to mention that the views expressed here are mine alone, and not those of the UB sociology department, my advisor, my rabbits, or my mom?)

Anyway, because I feel both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research are important, I include links to on-line resources for each.

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General Social Research Resources

Sociological Research Online
One of the first completely on-line journals. This one is dedicated to publication of high-quality applied sociology, with discussions about methodology featured rather prominently. Excellent! (Problem is they're going to a subscription-only format soon. Boo to them!)
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Qualitative Resources

Qualitative Report
An online journal that is dedicated to presenting qualitative research. Very cool.

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