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Instructional Data Subsets
This page contains links to data and codebooks that can be used on a stand alone basis as instructors see fit. Except as indicated by the links, the materials are housed on the DIVA site at San Francisco State University.
Quality of Life Surveys, Central San Joaquin Valley (Social Research Laboratory. CSU, Fresno)
The following datasets were developed for Representation in California's State Legislature by John L. Korey (Cal Poly Pomona) and JeDon Emenhiser (Humboldt State). This module focuses upon political representation and legislative behavior. Chapter 3 contains exercises that can be used with these data sets.
The following datasets were developed for Public Opinion on Social Issues, 1975-2010 by Elizabeth N. Nelson and Edward E. Nelson (both of CSU Fresno). The SISS module was designed to introduce students to the basics of data analysis. The focus is on two and three variable crosstabulations. Chapters 4 and 6 contain exercises that can be used with these data sets.
Subset of 2010 General Social Survey (An SPSS portable file - right-click to download.)
Another subset of the 2010 General Social Survey was developed for SPSS for Windows 19.0: A Basic Tutorial by Linda Fiddler (CSU Bakersfield), Laura Hecht (CSU Bakersfield), Edward E. Nelson (CSU Fresno), Elizabeth Ness Nelson (CSU Fresno), and James Ross (CSU Bakersfield). The book can be used as a text in a class or by those working independently. It was written as a tutorial. Each chapter has instructions that guide you through a series of problems, as well as graphics showing you what your screen should look like at various steps in the process. Each chapter also contains exercises that can be used with this data set to learn SPSS.
Right-click here to download the subset of the 2010 General Social Survey that accompanies the text.
Several datasets were developed for Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science: POWERMUTT (Politically-Oriented, Web-Enhanced Research Methods for Undergraduates - Topics and Tools) by John L. Korey (Cal Poly Pomona). The POWERMUTT Project is a Web site that can serve as a basic on-line textbook for teaching research methods in political science and cognate disciplines. Most chapters (or "topics") include exercises that can be used with these data sets. Go to the Table of Contents and see the sections on "Codebooks" and "Downloads."
Last updated: March 18, 2013.