Supplemental Internet Readings (Adams)
E B R E A D I N G S
Always under construction and revision!
Literature review tips
Home page for the projection book
Studies of Negative Ads
Meta-Analysis: Mail Survey Responses
Meta-Analysis: Phonics for Teaching Reading
Different Statistical Strategies in Meta-Analysis
Good short recap of different approaches to assessing the results from all the studies located using meta-analysis.
of Good Questions
Interactive calculator for finding the needed sample size.
Best Mailing Lists - A leader supplier of mailing lists.
Survey Sampling Inc. - Top company selling random (and targeted) samples for telephone and other surveys.
Cell Phone Survey Issues
Wm Adams, "Grenada Update"
Uses the least orthodox sample that the author ever published, but the beach was beautiful.
Pew Study of Response Rates
Finds that, despite increasinlgy high refusal rates, respondents are still representative of the population.
Jewish Population Survey
A large nationwide study of a "rare" population (W.Post, 9/11/03, p.4) which faced major challenges regarding sampling, screening, and response rates.
| Illustrative web surveys
conducted by Wm Adams:
EPA National Survey of Cameo Users
Bureau of Land Mgt. Employee Survey
Online survey software & hosting online surveys:
SurveyMonkey.com -- perhaps the best
Conducting Surveys via E-mail & the Web
Executive summary of a good Rand monograph.
|SPSS||SPSS - Web site for the software giant.
Good SPSS Tutorials
|Measurement||Levels of Measurement - see links 1, 2, and 3.|
|Basic Stats - Interesting site for univariate stats.|
|Confidence Interval Calculator
Wm Adams, "Opinion and Foreign Policy" - Written during the Cold War, but the basic findings still seem to fit. Illustratess how published references to polls may *not* always report confidence intervals (1) the author's points do not depend on plus or minus three or four percent and (2) certain audiences can be expected to have a good idea about the general accuracy of major national surveys.
|EXPERIMENTS (& T-Tests)|
Base - Perhaps the only online research methods textbook (includes
some stats); it has its idiosyncracies, but is mostly mainstream.
Primer - a good "Campbell & Stanley" summary
|Experiments: Basics||Research Design Basics - a good British overview of "social experiments" (randomized field experiments)
Sarcasm & a short-term experiment
Twinkies test & another twinkies test
|Experiments: Threats||Wm Adams & D. Smith, "Effects of Telephone Canvassing..." - one of the first published studies of a field experiment testing a campaign technique.|
|T-tests||Wm Adams et al., "Power of The Right Stuff"|
|External Validity||Generalizing from students to professionals?|
|QUASI-EXPERIMENTS (& Multivariate Stats)|
Definitions of Quasi-Experiments.
N.C. HIV Testing study (large pdf file)
Father Absence & Youth Incarceration - Example of a correlational study
Research - a British
"Crime & Punishment..." M. Reynolds
r from the scatterplot - an excellent interactive way to acquire a good idea of what correlations look like. Other versions are here and here.
Instant regression line - as you click points for a scatterplot, it draws the regression line and calculates r
More regression fun - more elements to manipulate, plus watch things change when you drag an outlier closer.
Regression analysis with SPSS - a good tutorial
Wm Adams, "As New Hampshire Goes..."
(wait a moment for entire article to load)
|Scatterplots||"Gapminder" - surely the most amazing live-action scatterplot on the web today!
World Trends, 2005 - a remarkable presentation with moving scatterplots and other brilliant graphics; just click on "full screen," then start clicking "start," and prepared to be impressed.
"Treemap" - an odd name for a clever system using size, color, and position to graphically display several variables; not a scatterplot, but very cool. (These are sometimes called "mosaic" displays.)
Adams, "Whose Lives Count?"
The Longevity Game - based on an underlying multiple regression equation that recalculates each time you change the unstandardized slope for a predictor variable.
|OTHER METHODS AND ISSUES|
Alpha Alpha Online Journal
GWU's Policy Perspectives
Methodological Jargon Generator
Adams,"TV News & Terror in Cambodia"
Vanderbilt TV New Archive
CA Software: Listings & Summaries & Reviews
are Focus Groups? - Short summary of focus groups issues.
Focus Groups - a fairly similar British perspective with minor variations.
|Case Studies||Types of Case
Studies - a short summary
Case Study Methods - a good practical GAO summary
|Electronic Audience Response Systems||"Perception Analyzer"|
Prison Experiment -
Despite Zimbardo's "agenda" and other shortcomings, a chilling study.
Milgram's Shocking Experiment
Thoughts on Milgram & Zimbardo
Controversy over the medical use of placebos
Johns Hopkins experiment on lead poisoning
Proper Citations for Internet References
National Academy of Sciences, "On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research"
"Humanity at Last Alone" by William Pfaff -
As the West abandons its traditional basis for ethics.
|Summary and Review||Report
Evaluation- Important characteristics of a good report of an empirical
Key Questions - List of essential questions to answer when designing or evaluating an empirical research study.
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