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Expert Tips for Students Conducting Research Projects

Intro to Amazon Turk: Part III Attaching your Survey

Attaching your Survey In this blog, I will start where I left on in Intro to Amazon Turk: Part II Google Forms and finish the blog series on Amazon Turk. In the last blog, we went over the first tab in the edit project page of Amazon Turk titled “Enter Properties.” Now we will finish up with the...


Intro to Amazon Turk: Part II Google Forms

Intro to Amazon Turk ( If you read my first blog post, I ended with a note on utilizing the website, Amazon Mechanical Turk, in order to collect your own data from a pre-made survey on a site like Google Forms. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a site that allows users to create...


Tips for Writing a Research Paper in a Group

Start with an outline! It may seem like a simple step but it is one that people sometimes overlook. Outlining the structure of your paper will help you organize your thoughts. Plus, then you can treat your paper like a series of mini-papers that need written, rather than one big research paper....


Intro To Online Surveys: Part I Google Forms

Intro to Online Surveys When it comes to taking a Research Methods course, many students choose to use the General Social Survey (GSS) because it has a wide variety of publicly available data ready for the download. The GSS is a great resource, but only for those whose topic aligns with the...


Basic Terms to Know When Beginning in Dedoose

Basic Terms to Know When Beginning in Dedoose Dedoose is a great cloud-based program to help you code and organize your qualitative research data anywhere you have internet access. There are a terms that you might recognize used in Dedoose, but keep in mind they may be used slightly differently...


Include Interview and Survey Questions in an Appendix (and a Few Tips About Appendices)

From the ASA Style Guide, 5th Edition: It's the end of Fall semester and once again I am grading research papers and research proposals in my methods courses. Two common, though opposite, mistakes students continually make are: Mistake 1. Failing to include in their methods sections any of...