Resources for Students

Learning Support

  • How to Read a Journal Article - This handout provides some tips and tricks to make reading and understanding social science journal articles easier.

  • Data Citations - Citing data is as important as citing literature used in a paper. This is a discussion of why it is important and how to properly cite data.

  • Data Management Plans - This section offers guidelines for effective data management and would be most useful for graduate students and faculty beginning research projects for the first time. Information given responds to the requirements of federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

Research Paper Competition

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

Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, "hands on" data management, and focused methodological training in quantitative research. The internship program is excellent preparation for advanced studies and careers social science research.

Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The Summer Program 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.

Webinars and Tutorials

The ICPSR YouTube Channel presents many Webinars and tutorials on accessing and using ICPSR resources. The recorded 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, etc.

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