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Numbers Rule the World.

Spring 2012

Listed in: Special Seminar, as MELL-116; Jerome L. Himmelstein (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Gretchen L. Gano.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Data

Overview

Numbers rule the world

An interesting library book on the overall topic of controversial numbers:

Maier MW. The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics. 2nd ed. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe; 1995.
 
An example data controversy on climate change:

One contemporary controversy is the "Hockey Stick". See this Wall Street Journal article for some details...

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Congressional Publications
Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.

ERIC (1966 to present)
Covers research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

PAIS International (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.

Sociology Journals (ProQuest) (1985 to present)
Covers the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction and more.

 ADDITIONAL RESROUCES TO AID RESEARCH ON YOUR ASSIGNMENTS

See the newspapers research guide for a complete list of databases covering national and international news sources.

See the government information research guide to find reports and data published by the U.S. federal government.

Data/Statistics

Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
World's largest archive of computerized social science data, provides abstracts and data.

Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.

WDI Online (1960 to present)
World Development Indicators providing international social and economic statistics from the World Bank.