Molly McPup

Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science:
The POWERMUTT* Project
(for use with SPSS)

*Politically-Oriented Web-Enhanced Research Methods for Undergraduates — Topics & Tools
Resources for introductory research methods courses in political science and related disciplines

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INTRODUCTION

1.  Overview 

The POWERMUTT (Politically-Oriented, Web-Enhanced Research Methods for Undergraduates — Topics and Tools) Project provides resources for introductory research methods courses in political science and related disciplines.  A key objective of the project is to make learning more interactive through use of links both to other parts of the project site and to other sites on the Internet.

The project consists of the following main components:

This version of the project includes tools for analyzing data using IBM® SPSS® Statistics (Version 21), a software package widely used in political science and other disciplines.  SPSS is not included with POWERMUTT. Check with your instructor regarding availability of SPSS in labs on your campus.  You can also lease a single academic license for the latest version of SPSS at http://www.onthehub.com/spss/. Caution: By the time you read this, "On the Hub" may be leasing a later version of SPSS, which may (or may not) include changes to what is described in POWERMUTT.

Since they are designed to support the topics, the tools do not attempt to cover all of the procedures available in SPSS, or even all of the features of any given procedure.  In particular, some of the more elaborate procedures have a variety of capabilities not covered here.  Unless instructed otherwise, accept all defaults when using an SPSS procedure.

The project also includes: 

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Within a POWERMUTT Web page (other than the home page and the table of contents), clicking on a link to an address external to the page will open up a new window in your browser.  This is done so that you can work simultaneously with the document and with the other material.  For example, while working on an exercise, you may need to refer to an SPSS tool and to a dataset codebook.  Some of these links will take you to another document within the project, others to various sites on the Internet.  Links to another location on the same page will not open a new window in your browser, and you can return to your previous location simply by clicking on your browser’s “Back” button

2.  Acknowledgements

I would like to express my thanks to my colleague, Dr. Sandra Emerson, for agreeing to “field test” POWERMUTT in her research methods class, and to her students and mine for their many helpful suggestions. 

The initial development of the project would not have been possible without the support of a sabbatical leave from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 


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