Malcolm Tight on the Power of Case Studies

Professor Malcolm Tight directs the doctoral program in the Department of Education Research at Lancaster University and is the author of Understanding Case Study Research: Small-scale Research with Meaning. That book, released by SAGE Publishing in January, offers a cross-disciplinary explanation of the types of case studies and their use. *** Case study research is often […]

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Methods Minute Newsletter No. 6: Writing a Methodology Section

This month’s Methods Minute newsletter include a chance to read a free chapter on crafting an academic paper’s methodology section from the popular SAGE book, Becoming an Academic Writer, by Patricia Goodson. The newsletter includes a chance to read an even more foundational chapter on the subject — “What is a methodology section?”  — drawn from the Encyclopedia […]

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PLOS Podcast: Big Data in the Social Sciences

How big is ‘big data,’ and what role does it have in today’s social science? Those are some underlying themes explored in this half-hour PLOSCast podcast episode. In it, PLOS staff researcher Elizabeth Seiver interviews Ian Mulvany, who opens their talk by describing his journey from Ivy League astrophysics researcher to head of product innovation for SAGE […]

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Weaponized Feeds and Text as Data: Notes from IC2S2 2017

We just returned from the 3rd International Conference of Computational Social Science, hosted by GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany. It was an amazing conference — really well organized by the incredible local team — with a bunch of really interesting talks across the three days. It was inspiring to meet so […]

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Experiments in the Digital Age

In the digital age, are our experiments, such as the standard randomized controlled experiments, digital too? In a word, argues sociologist Matthew Salganik of Princeton University, yes. “In the past,…all experiments were analog experiments, and now more and more can take advantage of digital infrastructure. What are digital experiments? I would say an experiment is […]

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Computational Research at the Forefront

The use of so-called big data has captured the imagination of the public and a growing share of the academic community, but what are some of the specific research outputs that social and behavioral scientists have revealed that weren’t discover-able before the advent of computational social science? This video, the third in a series of […]

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Drawing on Data Viz to Improve Call Centers

Have you ever found yourself locked in a circular conversation about a missing bolt for your barbecue? Have you ever listened to classical hits for 10 minutes while you wait to argue about a discrepancy on your bank statement? If so, then you will understand the pain of the call center. The good news is […]

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Big Data Research: What’s Holding Us Back?

We social scientists are at the threshold of a period of dramatic change — change that comes with both opportunity and challenge. Mark Kenney Everyday a massive amount of information is being created and collected through new digital technologies. These vast social, transactional and administrative data sets present researchers with the opportunity for potentially ground-breaking […]

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What Does That Chocolate Milk Survey Tells Us About Methods?

It’s been all over the news lately: a survey by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy suggests that 7 percent of American adults believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows. The takeaway of much of this reporting is that Americans are science illiterate as well as uninformed about how their food is produced. This interpretation […]

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