Q. Where can I get help with my statistical project? Are there campus labs? Is there a virtual lab for remote use?

Answered By: Kathryn Ray
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2017     Views: 121

Center for Teaching Research and Learning Lab (CTRL Lab) - formerly named the Social Science Research Lab, is located in Hurst Hall Room 203. For more information, check out their web site: http://www.american.edu/ctrl/lab.cfm

The School of Communication has several labs for the use of SOC students. Click HERE for a list of SOC's labs. The SOC Techline, SOC's technology helpdesk operation, is located in MCK T-02. For help, please call x3570, e-mail  soctechline@american.edu.

The Kogod School of Business has several labs for student and faculty use.  For details, please visit the Kogod Labs webpage.

If you are off campus or prefer to work in the dorm, you can use the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) to work remotely. Visit www.american.edu/vcl for client download and configuration instructions; and you will be ready to log in to the VCL and work with the available software. You can email vcl@american.edu for support or drop by the CTRL lab (Hurst 203), for help installing the client. Contact: VCL Team, vcl@american.edu, 202-885-3862 Web: https://vcl.american.edu

The Department of Mathematics also offers assistance with statistical projects.: http://www.american.edu/cas/mathstat/statistical-consulting.cfm During Spring semester, some consultation will take place in the Library's Research Commons on the first floor of the library. (Call or chat with the Reference Desk to confirm library hours)

For help with GIS, contact Geospatial Research Lab

Downloadable data sets may be found at http://www.data.gov/

Here are the Core library databases to find downloadable datasets:

U.S. statistical information from the American Statistics Index. Includes Statistical Abstract of the United States and a selection of full-text documents.
This resource includes both publicly available and non-publicly available datasets on public policy and social science research. NOTE: Access to datasets requires a free user-specific login. To log in using your existing account or to create a new account, click on "MyData Login/Create Account" from the ICPSR page.
Includes the following statistical databases from the International Monetary Fund: Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS); Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS); Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS); Financial Access Survey (FAS); Government Finance Statistics (GFS); International Financial Statistics (IFS); and International Reserves Template.
U.S. and international public opinion polls (iPOLL) and datasets (RoperExpress) from 1935 to present. Includes the major academic, commercial and media survey organizations.
Books, periodicals, statistics and working papers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
SimplyMap allows users to generate maps and reports from a wide variety of data sources. Variables available include census demographics, Nielsen's PRIZM, EAIS Health Data, and more. Results can be exported as images, xls or csv reports, and GIS compatible formats. Access is limited to five concurrent users.
Coverage: U.S. Census and demographic data from 1790 to present. Updated: Continuously. Contains current and historical U.S. Census and demographic data that can be downloaded. One can create thematic and interactive maps as well as reports at the state, county, census tract, block group, and ZIP code level. Access is limited to three concurrent users.
Social, economic, and financial statistics for over 270 countries and areas of the world.
World Bank data on development: environment, people, economy, global links.
For a list of additional databases with downloadable data, go to RESEARCH>Search Databases>Type of Database>Data

Also, take a look at the Subject Guides listed below.

Need help crunching the numbers?  Click HERE for suggestions (Fall and Spring semesters.)

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