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While masters- and doctoral-level graduate students in the social sciences are likely to have past undergraduate experience in doing secondary research such as literature reviews, they often have minimal to no experience in collecting and/or analyzing data (be it quantitative or qualitative in nature), a requisite for their completing theses or dissertations. Likewise, they are likely to be crunched for time and money resources that prohibits ambitious collections of new data, and thus they need guidance in finding existing data and accessible research software/tools for their original analyses. This presentation will give an overview of the specialized services I, as a Social Sciences Data Services Librarian, provide to help Georgia State University’s graduate students find existing data sources, collect original data, and analyze their data. My discussion of these services will illustrate the potential for librarians to push the boundaries of their traditional roles to become more embedded in graduate researchers’ process throughout the research data life cycle. Time permitting, this session could include a pair-and-share activity for attendees to brainstorm possible services for expanding their own roles in the realm of support for graduate students’ original research endeavors.

Keywords:

social sciences; data services; research services for graduate students; data collection; data analysis

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Apr 1st, 10:25 AM Apr 1st, 11:15 AM

Naked and Afraid: Or, Giving Graduate Students the Clothes and Confidence for Data-Analysis Success

Room 460

Abstract:

While masters- and doctoral-level graduate students in the social sciences are likely to have past undergraduate experience in doing secondary research such as literature reviews, they often have minimal to no experience in collecting and/or analyzing data (be it quantitative or qualitative in nature), a requisite for their completing theses or dissertations. Likewise, they are likely to be crunched for time and money resources that prohibits ambitious collections of new data, and thus they need guidance in finding existing data and accessible research software/tools for their original analyses. This presentation will give an overview of the specialized services I, as a Social Sciences Data Services Librarian, provide to help Georgia State University’s graduate students find existing data sources, collect original data, and analyze their data. My discussion of these services will illustrate the potential for librarians to push the boundaries of their traditional roles to become more embedded in graduate researchers’ process throughout the research data life cycle. Time permitting, this session could include a pair-and-share activity for attendees to brainstorm possible services for expanding their own roles in the realm of support for graduate students’ original research endeavors.

Keywords:

social sciences; data services; research services for graduate students; data collection; data analysis