University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

ICPSR webinar Aug. 28 to focus on teaching students to document empirical research

This hour-long webinar on "Teaching Students to Document Empirical Research" will be shown at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Chester Fritz Library, room 202. This webinar will present a protocol for documenting data management and analysis that has been developed specifically for use by students writing empirical research papers in the social sciences.

The guiding principle behind the protocol is replicability. The documentation should be complete and transparent enough to allow an interested third party to easily and exactly reproduce all the steps of data management and analysis that led from the original data files to the results reported in the paper. We will describe what the protocol entails, and as an example we will show the documentation that an economics major assembled for his senior thesis last year. We will also discuss a one and one-half day workshop we will be offering in October, aimed at instructors who are interested in teaching this research documentation protocol to their students.

This webinar will be presented by Richard Ball, associate professor of Economics, Haverford College, and Norm Medeiros, associate librarian, Haverford College.

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-- Janet Rex, Chester Fritz Library, 777.4641,

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