Students: Useful Weblinks

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Chapter 1 - Why Do We Need a Science of Politics?

To learn more about the field of political science, visit the website for the American Political Science Association:  http://www.apsanet.org/

Chapter 2 - How Do We Get a Science of Politics?

For more general information about what social science research is all about visit: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/

Chapter 3 - Case Study and the Comparative Method

The Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM) at www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan_cqrm.aspx

Chapter 4 - Field Research

The Grounded Theory Institute at http://www.groundedtheory.com/

Chapter 5 - Interviews

The Grounded Theory Institute at http://www.groundedtheory.com/

Chapter 6 - Statistical Research

The Inter-University Consortium for Politics and Social Research at www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/

A Wiki about quantitative and formal methods in political science: http://quantitativepolitics.wikia.com/

Interactive e-lessons in quantitative methods: http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/qmss/

Campaign Ad Project Website:  The following website contains a dataset which codes presidential campaign ads from 1952 to 2008.  The codebook can also be accessed at this site and there is a blog which the co-directors of the website will be updating with discussion of the current election season advertisements in comparison to past advertisements: www.unl.edu/unecap

Chapter 7 - Survey Research

For more information about the World Values Survey and for publications using this survey see: http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/

For general information about the Pew Research Center and its surveys see: http://pewresearch.org/

The American Association for Public Opinion Research has a very good discussion of poll and survey FAQs: http://www.aapor.org/Home.htm

Access ANES surveys as well as the General Social Survey, do some basic frequencies and crosstabs at the Survey Documentation and Analysis website at Berkeley: http://sda.berkeley.edu/

Access the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan: http://www.src.isr.umich.edu/ - click on data resources for access to a variety of surveys including Monitoring the Future which may be of particular interest to students as it measures the attitudes of young people

Chapter 8 - Secondary Data Analysis

The Urban Institute has reports on a variety of public policy issues: http://www.urban.org/

The Brookings Institute is a nonpartisan think tank employing reputable political scientists with Ph.Ds in American and Comparative politics.  See their reports and publications: http://www.brookings.edu/

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR): Called e-Source, this website provides researchers with comprehensive discussion of the various research methods available to social scientists interested in the topic of public health. http://www.esourceresearch.org

Chapter 9 - Content Analysis

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism provides many content analyses of trends in news coverage:  http://www.journalism.org/

The following website contains links to interesting political documents and speeches that could be content analyzed as well as links to more information about the method:  http://janda.org/politxts/index.html

The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University has a great website which illustrates content analysis of broadcast media: http://www.cmpa.com/

The following website provides numerous links and examples of software packages that can be used to do content analysis: http://www.content-analysis.de

Campaign Ad Project Website:  The following website contains a dataset which codes presidential campaign ads from 1952 to 2008.  The codebook can also be accessed at this site and there is a blog which the co-directors of the website will be updating with discussion of the current election season advertisements in comparison to past advertisements: www.unl.edu/unecap

Chapter 10 - Experimental Research

For an interesting ongoing, online experiment on implicit attitudes, explore the Harvard Implicit Association Website and the research associated with it.  Your students can participate in the study as well: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Chapter 11 - Formal Modeling

A Wiki about quantitative and formal methods in political science: http://quantitativepolitics.wikia.com/

Chapter 12 - Normative and Ethical Considerations of Political Science Research

See the American Political Science Association’s statement on ethics and download the APSA Guide to Ethics in Research at: http://www.apsanet.org/pubs/ethics.cfm

Read the book On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research available for free at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12192#toc

For more information, slide show and discussion questions about the Stanford Prison Experiment, see: http://www.prisonexp.org/