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Reference librarians at the Cornell Library can provide valuable guidance with searching for sociological literature and locating data sources. The Reference Services Coordinator for Sociology is Nancy Skipper. We encourage you to contact Nancy to request a consultation early on in your research. (Many students think that they know how to search the internet for resources, but Nancy specializes in sociological research and she has a number of tricks and tips that will help you to use sociological databases and locate primary and secondary data.)

The Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU) offers a number of workshops that are often useful for students writing honors theses. In particular, their workshop titled “Getting Started With Data Analysis” is aimed at helping honors thesis students get started with the analysis of quantitative data. This workshop is typically offered around the beginning of the semester. Space is limited and registration is required. You can schedule an appointment to meet and talk one-on-one with a statistical consultant. Over the past several years, honors thesis students in sociology have immensely benefitted from the support provided by CSCU.

Senior majors in the Department who are working on honors theses or who are working with faculty members on research projects can also request help with statistical packages – such as SPSS or Stata – that facilitate data analysis. Advanced PhD students in the Department are available to serve as tutors in the basics of operating these programs (e.g., inputting data, saving and opening files, executing basic statistical tests). Contact Sue Meyer if you would like to request this service.