Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Useful Guides

To learn about software that is available at the library and through Citrix (so you can access the software from home):
For more help, you can check out Lynda.com and access all courses from home using your NYPL library card:

Quantitative Data Analysis Software

The following professional-grade software packages allow you to manipulate and visualize quantitative data in very complex ways:

  • SAS - Powerful statistical analysis and data management tool, uses command-line interface, particularly good for ANOVA
  • SPSS - Relatively sophisticated data analysis tool, with a user-friendly GUI, geared toward quantitative social sciences data
  • R - Free, versatile option for data analysis and visualization

Each of these statistical packages are available through CUNY Virtual Desktop, except for R, which is downloadable from http://www.r-project.org/

How do I choose?

Choosing statistical software (online video, 36 minutes)

Brief comparison between SAS, STATA, and SPSS (PDF)

Choosing the correct statistical test in SAS, STATA, SPSS, and R Institute for Digital Education & Research, UCLA)

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

CUNY is a member of ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Reseach), a data archive that specializes in long term preservation. CUNY staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings and other member services such as data curation, data management expertise, and resources for teaching with data.