This Semester at the Scholarly Commons

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s a new semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And with that new semester come all of the happenings at the Scholarly Commons. We have some great things coming up!

Hours

We’re back to our normal hours. Come visit us from 9 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Friday. We hope to see you soon!

Survey Research Lab

Survey Research Lab open hours are back! Walk-ins are accepted from 2 – 5 PM every Thursday, or you can make an advance appointment by emailing Linda Owens and Karen Retzer (please copy both addresses on your email).

During Open Horus, the Survey Research Lab can look at sampling, questionnaire design, and analysis. Come in with questions about the dos and don’ts of survey wording, recommendations for designing a sampling strategy, or advice on drafting a questionnaire!

CITL Statistical Consulting

Starting January 8th and running through the end of the semester, CITL graduate students will provide free statistical consulting in the Scholarly Commons. CITL consulting will be 11 AM – 4 PM every Monday – Friday in office 306H. Consultants work with SPSS, ATLAS.ti, Stata, R, and SAS. Make an appointment for your consultation by emailing citl-data@illinois.edu.

Savvy Researcher Workshops

Our Savvy Researcher Workshop calendar is finally up! New offerings this semester include A Crash Course in Open Access and Publishing Your Research in OA, Topic Modeling Theory and Practice, Building Your Research Profile and Network, Creating Digital Books with PressBooks, Do You Know Your Fair Use Rights?, Choosing the Right Sources: Identifying Bias and Fallacies, Basics of Data Visualization, and Add Captions to Kaltura video with Automatic Speech Recognition.

Staff

The staff here at the Scholarly Commons is always ready to welcome you! Our Scholarly Commons interns, Matt Pitchford and Clay Alsup are back, as well as Megan Ozeran, our data analytics and visualization resident librarian! You can request a consultation with them or any other staff member on our Contact an Expert page.

Hope to see you soon!

This Semester at the Scholarly Commons

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s a new semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And with that new semester come all of the happenings at the Scholarly Commons. We have some great things coming up!

Hours

We’re back to our normal hours. Come visit us from 9 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Friday. We hope to see you soon!

Survey Research Lab

Survey Research Lab open hours are back! Walk-ins are accepted from 2 – 5 PM every Thursday, or you can make an advance appointment by emailing Linda Owens, Sowmya Anand, and Karen Retzer (please copy all addresses on your email).

During Open Horus, the Survey Research Lab can look at sampling, questionnaire design, and analysis. Come in with questions about the dos and don’ts of survey wording, recommendations for designing a sampling strategy, or advice on drafting a questionnaire!

CITL Statistical Consulting

Starting August 28th and running through the end of the semester, CITL graduate students will provide free statistical consulting in the Scholarly Commons. CITL consulting will be 11 AM – 4 PM every Monday – Friday. Consultants work with SPSS, ATLAS.ti, Stata, R, and SAS. The consultants may take walk-ins, but you can also email statconsulting@illinois.edu for an appointment.

Savvy Researcher Workshops

Our Savvy Researcher Workshop calendar is finally up! New offerings this semester include Understanding Bias: Evaluating News & Scholarly Sources, Copyright for Educators,Conducting Research with Primary Sources and Digital Tools, Managing Your Copyrights, and Finding Data about Residential Real Estate, and more. Of course, old favorites will be offered, as well!

Staff

We have some new and returning staff members at the Scholarly Commons! Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian Merinda Hensley is back from sabbatical, and Carissa Phillips is now the Data Discovery and Business Librarian. We’re also welcoming Data Analytics and Visualization Resident Librarian Megan Ozeran, as well as Scholarly Commons Interns Clay Alsup and Matt Pitchford, and Graduate Assistants Billy Tringali and Joe Porto. Stop in and say hello!

Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines July 2016 Update

Are you a researcher or survey practitioner trying to design a survey for a project that incorporates multiple countries, regions, cultures, and maybe even languages and not totally sure how to get started? Were you wondering what the best practices were for such surveys, and how these practices fall within the survey life-cycle? Well, wonder no longer. Hot off the digital presses, so hot that some aspects are still in beta, Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines is online as a book and website with many of the chapters available as PDF files. 3MC stands for multicultural, multinational, and multiregional contexts (with a secret bonus fourth MC for multilingual contexts). This site has hundreds of pages of content and pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about creating surveys for 3MC projects.
This book is the result of the Comparative Survey Design and Implementation Guidelines Initiative, featuring contributions from “70 survey research professionals from 35 organizations worldwide” and published at the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan (“Contributors”, 2016 ). Fans of previous editions will especially enjoy the new and rewritten chapters: “Study Design and Organizational Structure,” “Study Management,” “Translation: Overview,” “Adaptation,” “Data Collection: General Considerations, Face-to-Face Surveys, and Self-Administered Surveys,” “Paradata and Other Auxiliary Data,” “Statistical Analysis,” and “Ethical Considerations” (“FAQ”, 2016). Terms, including common words that have different meanings in the survey research world, are defined throughout in (slightly annoying) pop-up captions, as well as on the “Global Glossary” pages. Sources, mostly journal articles, are cited in pop-up captions in the chapter and can also be found on the “Global References” page. On the bright side, the citations are right there in the text and you can look them up on our library journal article locator, but for all the citation manager users out there, there aren’t DOIs (or, at least in the pages I looked at). The “Global References” page does include links to some of the sources. In the PDF version, the definitions and other linked text just are blue underlined words that go nowhere. Minor complaints aside, overall it is a straightforward and navigable, free online resource for those interested in creating 3MC surveys.

And of course, for more help with all things survey, Survey Research Laboratory holds office hours, by appointment and walk-in, at Scholarly Commons on Thursdays from  2-5.

Survey Research Methods Webinars

The Survey Research Laboratory is offering six intermediate webinars on survey research methodology during the Spring 2015 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students. A basic knowledge of survey research is recommended. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m.

Pre registration is required. Register at http://www.srl.uic.edu/SEMINARS/Spring15Seminars.htm

You will receive a reminder about the webinar shortly before the date. Webinar notes will be available at the following link shortly before the webinar: http://www.srl.uic.edu/SEMINARS/semnotes.htm

The six featured webinars are:

Cognitive Pretesting of Questionnaires (February 11 at 12pm)
This webinar will provide an overview of methods used to pretest questionnaires that are based on a cognitive model of the process by which respondents answer survey questions. These methods include think-aloud and more structured cognitive interviews and behavior coding.

Sampling Hard-to-Reach Populations (February 18 at 12pm)
This seminar will provide an overview of available strategies for the survey sampling of hard-to-reach populations. Topics to be discussed include types of populations, probabilistic and non-probabilistic sampling techniques, and sample frame development and availability.

Nonresponse Bias Assessment (February 25 at 12pm)
This webinar will provide an overview of survey nonresponse. Specific topics covered will include the calculation and reporting of survey response rates, the definition and consequences of non-response bias, some commonly used strategies for assessing the degree of non-response bias, and a summary of correlates of survey non-response.

Ethics in Survey Research (March 4 at 12pm)
This workshop will provide an overview of ethical considerations in the conduct of survey research. Some of the topics to be discussed include informed consent, confidentiality, interviewer training & oversight, and secondary research subjects. Students, faculty and staff on the Urbana/Champaign and Chicago campuses may be able to receive IRB continuing education credit for taking this webinar.

Questionnaire Design Clinic (March 11 at 12pm)
This webinar is questionnaire design by example. Participants are encouraged to submit questions or questionnaires to be used to highlight principles of questionnaire construction. After registering, submit questions or questionnaires by March 4 to Allyson Holbrook at allyson@uic.edu. If you do not have a questionnaire to submit for review, your attendance is still welcome. Depending on the number of questionnaires received, not all of those received may be used as examples in the workshop.

Agree-Disagree Response Formats: Problems and Alternatives (March 18 at 12pm)
This webinar will cover issues related to the use of agree-disagree questions in which survey respondents are asked if or how much they agree or disagree with a statement. Specifically, the webinar will discuss possible reasons why agree-disagree questions are often used, ways in which these questions negatively affect the quality of the survey data collected and possible alternatives to such items.