Books that Use SDA for Exercises and Examples
- Analyzing Inequalities: An introduction to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Using the General Social Survey, (2017) by Catherine E. Harnois. This book is a practical resource for helping students connect sociological issues with real-world data in the context of their first undergraduate sociology courses. This work-text introduces readers to the GSS, one of the most widely analyzed surveys in the U.S.; examines a range of GSS questions related to social inequalities; and demonstrates basic techniques for analyzing this data online using SDA.
- Conducting Empirical Analysis: Public Opinion in Action, (2010) by Rosalee A. Clawson and Zoe M. Oxley. The authors "show students how to conduct web-based data analysis using UC Berkeley’s Survey Documentation and Analysis ... to answer questions about party identification or attitude stability, and to measure racial prejudice and political knowledge. Exercises cover a range of data collection techniques, survey research, and statistical analyses, ramping up from multiple-choice and open-ended questions to mini-research projects."
- Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data, 3rd ed. (2011) by Alan Agresti and Christine Franklin. This book uses SDA for various exercises/examples.
- Hands-on Sociology, 3rd ed. (2005), by William Feigelman and Yih-Jin Young. This book uses SDA -- both at this site and other sites -- to teach beginning sociology students data analysis. "Hands-On Sociology" won the 2005 ICPSR Prize Competition: Best Instructional Module or Instructional Innovation in the Social Sciences and Social Science History.
Instructional Materials that Use SDA for Exercises and Examples
- ICPSR's Data-Driven Learning Guides "enhance teaching of core concepts in the social sciences." All analyses are powered by SDA.
- Voting Behavior in the 2012 Election (SETUPS) is an ICPSR instructional module focuses on voting behavior in the 2012 election using a dataset drawn from the 2012 American National Election Study (ANES). The examples and exercises use SDA. This is the latest release in the SETUPS (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science) series. Earlier units covering the 2004 and 2008 elections are available here. The SETUPS site was awarded the American Political Science Association's 2006 Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science. It was also named the Best Instructional Web Site for 2005-06 by the APSA's Information Technology and Politics section.
- Investigating Community and Social Capital is an instructional module at ICPSR that teaches data analysis of social capital, as discussed in Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone. Concepts illustrated include replication, unit of analysis, level of measurement, analysis over time versus cross-sectional analysis, crosstabulation, creating an index, and correlation. The exercises use SDA.
Tutorials about SDA on the SDA YouTube Channel
Tutorials on using SDA 4.0.
Tutorials about SDA on the ICPSR YouTube Channel
Contains various video tutorials produced by ICPSR about SDA and related topics.
- Short SDA
Tutorial on Frequencies/Crosstabulations
From the IPUMS Web site.
Tutorial Contributed by Two Canadian Universities
Contributed by: University of Victoria and University of Toronto's Data Library Services. Includes basic instruction in data analysis. Contact: Lindsay Tedds (email@example.com)
SDA User Tips and Resources
- SledgeHammer can extract SDA DDL (and a matching ASCII data file) from an SPSS, Stata, or SAS system file. It can also convert a DDI file (Version 2 or 3) to DDL. We recommend SledgeHammer to SDA users who need these capabilities. It is a commercial product but there are discounts available for government, academic, and non-profit groups. Also, there is a free version available for use with smaller datasets. See their Web site for more information.
- Convert an SPSS system or portable file to SDA components
MAKEDDL.SPS is an SPSS-Python script that converts an SPSS system file or portable file into the files required to set up the dataset in SDA -- namely, a DDL file and an ASCII data file. Contributed by ICPSR. This program is available as a free download but, unfortunately, it can be difficult to configure since the program has not been updated for newer versions of SPSS. A good alternative that is in active development is SledgeHammer (see above).
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Some Other Data Archives that Use SDA
ICPSR - University of Michigan
- Analyze Data Online at ICPSR (Using SDA)
Use SDA to analyze hundreds of datasets in the ICPSR archive. From this page you can view a list of all ICPSR datasets available for SDA analysis. Click on "View all studies for which online analysis is available". Also, below is a listing of some of the ICPSR special archives that use SDA extensively.
- National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
(Select 'Analyze Data Online')
- National Archive of Computerized Data on
(Select 'Analyze Data Online')
- Resource Center for Minority Data
(Select 'Tools', then 'Analyze Data Online with SDA')
- National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture
(Select 'Data', then 'Analyze Data Online')
- Data Sharing for Demographic Research
(Select 'Find Data', then 'Analyze Data Online')
Other University-Based Archives
- Integrated Public Use Microdata Series
(IPUMS), University of Minnesota.
IPUMS has a lot of census data -- from the US and other countries -- available for analysis in SDA. Click on 'Analyze Data Online'.
- CHASS at the University of Toronto
Over 1000 datasets are currently available for analysis using SDA at CHASS. See their SDA@CHASS brochure for more information.
- UCDATA's archive of
California (Field) Polls
UCDATA is UC Berkeley's principal archive of social science and health data.
- Survey Research Center Data Archive, UC Berkeley
- Emigrants to Liberia, 1820-1843, University of Wisconsin, Madison