Sometimes the best way of learning a new technique is through doing. SAGE Research Methods Datasets provide that opportunity for users looking to master quantitative or qualitative data analysis. Each title provides sample data that has been optimized for demonstrating a method, accompanied by a how-to guide that explains the method at hand and walks users through the analysis using the data provided. Quantitative examples also include software guides for statistical analysis using SPSS, R, Stata, or Python. After some hands-on practice, users will be more confident when they go on to analyze their own data. Several examples cover how to manage imperfect data, including missing data, rescaling variables, and other common data cleaning scenarios.
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Librarians interested in offering educational and how-to support for data analysis (as well as librarians interested in undertaking their own research) may find SAGE Research Methods Datasets to be a helpful resource in navigating the waters of data analysis
—Emily Vardell, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill