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Social Science Data Research Guide

Research Guide to Social Science Data to support the Social Science Research & Instructional Center (SSRIC).

Opportunity for Students

The CSU Social Science Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) will hold its annual Student Research Conference in May. The event has been held each year since 1976.

Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Gene Geisler, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State and a key SSRIC founder, a special one-time-only feature of this year’s Conference will be the Faculty Memorial Awards. The best paper presented in each of three categories: undergraduate, graduate, and quantitative, will receive awards of $5,000 each. Other papers presented will receive awards of up to $100 each.

Please publicize the extraordinary feature of this year’s Conference as widely as possible on your campus. It’s important, not only in its own right, but because it gives us an unprecedented opportunity to make people aware of our Council and our contributions to the CSU and beyond.

The web page for the Conference has been posted at http://www.ssric.org/participate/src.

Modules from SSRIC

Modules for use in social science research methods or substantive courses. Conceptual and substantive chapters, plus downloadable codebooks, data sets and exercises using SPSS or other statistical software packages.

Each module contains:

  • a theoretical perspective and background on an important social science topic,
  • a discussion of methods used to research the topic,
  • a set of exercises (with a data set) to teach analytic techniques for arriving at scientifically valid conclusions about the topic using SPSS or other statistical packages.

SSRIC welcomes proposals for new modules. For more information, please see: Request for Proposals: Teaching Modules in the Social Sciences (in MS Word format).

Teaching Material