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# Milex 2010 final

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## Milex 2010 finalPresentation Transcript

• I have all of this data—So now what?
Joyce Garczynski
Communications and Development Librarian
Towson University
jgarczynski@towson.edu
• Session Preview
Learning the lingo of data analysis
Preparing data for analysis
Using PASW (SPSS) for analysis
Thinking beyond the data
Testing the analysis waters for yourself
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnowitts/2429136239/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmarty/163916810/
• Learning the Lingo
Sample
Cases
Variable
Independent Variable
Dependent Variable
Code
Hypothesis
Research Dictionary: http://bitbucket.icaap.org/
• Getting to Know Your Data
Data Representation
Uniformly coded?
Coded to maximize analysis?
• Getting to Know Your Data
Level of Measurement
Nominal
Ordinal
Scale
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tupwanders/219087623/
http://www.fistockphot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenhester/3911529343/
• Importing Data into PASW (SPSS)
Importance of using stats program
Import a .csv file or copy and paste
Fill out Variable View
• Running Frequencies
Provides values for each variable
For scale variables, can get average, median, etc.
Check to see if import went correctly
• Running Frequencies
• Running Statistical Tests
Dig deeper into what is happening within your results
Formulate hypothesis
Pick the right statistical test
Level of Measurement
What you are trying to learn
Relationship between two variables?
Change over time ?
Statistic and significance
• Chi-Square
Tests for relationship between two variables
Can be used with nominal, ordinal or scale variables
Sensitive to sample sizes
• Chi-Square
• Chi-Square
• Thinking Beyond the Data
Other explanations for results?
Sample
Question wording
Other variable
Correlation ≠ Causation
Decide what action to be taken
Reviewing other librarians’ research
Scavenger hunts
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lipkee/527579330/
• Practice Data Analysis
• Review
Learning the lingo of data analysis
Preparing data for analysis
Using PASW (SPSS) for analysis
Thinking beyond the data
Testing the analysis waters for yourself
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnowitts/2429136239/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmarty/163916810/
• Questions?