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This guide provides information about ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research.

ICPSR Student Resources

  • How to Read (and Understand) a Journal Article contains tips and tricks to make reading and understanding social science journals easier.
  • A Student's Guide to Interpreting SPSS Output for Basic Analyses gives examples of SPSS output with notes on how to interpret frequency distributions, crosstabulations (crosstabs), comparison of means tests, correlations, and OLS (Ordinary Least Squares) regressions done in SPSS.
  • Data Citations discusses why citing data is important and how to properly cite data
  • Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans gives recommendations for effective data management, most useful for graduate students and faculty beginning research projects for the first time. Many federal funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, require that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection.

The ICPSR Research Paper Competition is an annual event open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates. The competition seeks to highlight exemplary student research papers based on quantitative analysis of ICPSR data. Each of the competition categories addresses a particular research topic and has specific eligibility requirements for entry. Awards include cash prizes and publication in the ICPSR Bulletins for first-place winners, and on the ICPSR website for all winners. The entry deadline is around the end of January, and the awards announced in April of each year.

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research provides a comprehensive, integrated program of studies, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Its instructional environment stresses integration of methods of quantitative analysis within a broader context of substantive social research. The Summer Program takes place from early June to late August and most classes are held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

ICPSR offers many scholarships to support attendance in the Summer Program. These scholarships provide registration (tuition) fee waivers to the foru-week sessions. In order to apply for an ICPSR scholarship for the 2020 Summer Program, you must fill out the application form and submit all required materials through ICPSR's online application manager. Additionally, all ICPSR scholarship applicants must register through the registration portal for the courses they would like to scholarship to cover. The application deadline for all 2020 ICPSR scholarships is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:19 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (view the World Clock to convert to your local time).

The ICPSR YouTube Channel presents webinars and tutorials on accessing and using ICPSR resources. The webinars cover a variety of topics, including finding what you want on the ICPSR website, analyzing ICPSR data online, creating setup files for SPSS, debugging SAS, SPSS, and Stata code, just to name a few.