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Translational Science: Dissertation Resources

Introduction to library and information resources for students studying for a PhD in the translational sciences.

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Statistical Support

Avoiding Plagiarim

Books on Research

Customized data table generators

Current Population Survey Table Creator. Lets you create quick tabulations of CPS data 2003 to 2008: http://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html

MEPS Table Generator. Lets you create quick tabulations from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey household component: http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/MEPSnetHC.jsp

BRFSS Web-enabled Analysis Tool. Lets you run quick crosstabs and logistic regression, using BRFSS data: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/data_tools.htm

Vital Statistics Data. Access existing tables or quickly tabulate national, state and sometimes county vital statistics data: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/VitalStats.htm

NHQR and NHDR Query Systems. Access certain statistics on quality and health care disparities: http://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/

Medicaid Statistical Information System Datamart. Tool to analyze state-specific information on Medicaid enrollment and expenditures: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Computer-Data-and-Systems/MedicaidDataSourcesGenInfo/index.html

SAMHSA Data. Provides access to a variety of data sets related to substance use (and mental health), but a little cumbersome to use. : http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA/

PolicyMap. Online mapping tool that overlays statistical data from a vairety of sources in communities across the US, with links to the data tables from which the information was drawn. https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/eresources/edatabase.cfm/go/PolicyMap

Neighborhood Atlas - showing the Area Deprivation Index rating by zip code, can be used to identify income disparities https://www.neighborhoodatlas.medicine.wisc.edu/

Bloedorn Technology Center

Qualiative Methodologies

Sample Software Programs

  • SAS - statistical package for analyzing quantitative data.
  • SPSS - statistical package for analyzing quantitative data.
  • NVivo – software to support qualitative research.
  • Atlas:ti - tool for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual materials.
  • Stata - statistical package for analyzing quantitative data.
  • ArcGIS and extensions - an integrated package of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for mapping, spatial analysis, and data management
  • Epi Info - a series of programs written by the CDC for use in investigating outbreaks and
  • Stat/Transfer - a data conversion program that allows you to transfer a data set from one format to another (i.e. from Excel to SAS).

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