Archive for September, 2010

Learn Stata, SAS, and R in Upcoming Workshops on Statistical Software

Posted September 27th, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

Looking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages?  The following classes will be taught by the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Trainer starting this week.  Note: pre-registration required; also, there will be time at the end of each session for individual assistance, so feel free to bring your research questions.

Where: All workshops held in 1-115.

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1. Introduction to Stata

This workshop is designed for individuals who have little or no experience using Stata software. You will learn how to navigate Stata’s graphical user interface, create log files, and import data from a variety of software packages. We will also share tips for getting started with Stata including the creation and organization of do-files, examining descriptive statistics, and managing data and value labels.

When: Thursday, September 30th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online

2. Data Management in Stata

Topics covered include basic data manipulation commands such as: recoding variables, creating new variables, working with missing data, and generating variables based on complex selection criteria. Participants will be introduced to strategies for merging datasets (adding both variables and observations), and collapsing datasets. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

When: Thursday, October 14th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online

3. Regression Using Stata

This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to estimating the linear regression model using ordinary least squares in Stata. Topics covered include: univariate and multiple regression, dummy variables, interaction effects, hypothesis tests, assumption testing, and strategies for organizing model testing. Prerequisites: General familiarity with Stata, including importing and managing datasets and data exploration (such as taking the Intro. workshop); knowledge of the linear regression model and ordinary least squares estimation.

When: Monday, October 25th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online

4. Graphics in Stata

Graphs are a powerful and memorable means of communicating quantitative information. This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to graphics in Stata. Topics for the class include graphing principles, descriptive graphs, and post-estimation graphs. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

When: Thursday, November 4th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online

5. Introduction to SAS

This course is intended for individuals with little to no experience using SAS, a powerful statistical software package available on Athena.  With hands-on exercises, explore SAS’s many features and learn how to import and manage your data in SAS. Novices welcome!

When: Monday, November 15th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online

6. Introduction to R

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, and generate figures. Novices welcome!

When: Monday, December 6th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online

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Can’t make these times? MIT affiliates can alternatively attend these workshops at Harvard.

Questions? Contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services and Economics Librarian, mcneillh@mit.edu.

Discussion and Q&A with Gioia De Cari from "Truth Values"

Posted September 20th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Monday, Sept.20 at 3pm in Killian Hall (14W-111)

Join us for a lively discussion and Q&A with Gioia De Cari from “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp though MIT’s Male Math Maze,” an autobiographical solo show in which she reflects with wit and wisdom on her experience at MIT, the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in science.  The discussion will be followed by refreshments and a chance to win tickets to “Truth Values!”

This event is sponsored by the MIT Libraries in conjunction with “Tell her to go to it” an exhibit on women’s experiences at MIT. For more information about the exhibit see the gallery website, or contact maihaugen-lib@mit.edu.

Introduction to GIS for Architecture Workshop – 9/29

Posted September 20th, 2010 by Lisa Sweeney

When: Wednesday, September 29, 12:30-2pm
Where: DIRC (14N-132) (20 computers)

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/gisintro4arch

Learn about what you can do with GIS, common sources of GIS data, how to make your own GIS data, and gain hands-on experience using tools to create basic maps, export to CAD, Google Earth, or image formats, and work in 3D.

More information is available at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/archintro.html

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Citation software classes offered in October

Posted September 14th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Learn how to manage your articles and cite your references more effectively in these hands-on workshops.  Register now for October.

All workshops will take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

Managing Your References:   Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 6, 5 – 6pm

Citation management software is an important tool in today’s academic world.   These software packages allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography, to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference.  But which software product should you use, and how do you get started?

This session will focus on Endnote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for citation software at MIT.  We will compare the three and introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

Please pre-register for this session.   Contact Mat Willmott with questions.

EndNote Basics

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 13, 5 – 6pm

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package that allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references.  Come to this hands-on workshop to learn how to use Endnote to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Please pre-register for this session.   Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

RefWorks Basics

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 20, 5 – 6pm

RefWorks is a web-based resource to help you organize references, create a bibliography, and easily cite references as you write your paper.  It allows you to create individual or group accounts.

Please pre-register for this session.  Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

Zotero Basics

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 27, 5 – 6pm

Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files.  With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice.  Make a searchable PDF library and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections.  In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy.  Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please pre-register for this session.  Contact Remlee Green with any questions.

Sustainable Neighborhoods Through Inclusiveness, Community & Environment Case Study: Shenzhen, China

Posted September 14th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Rotch Library Exhibition – September 13-October 1, 2010

Reception: Sept. 20, 5:30-7pm.

Since 2005, Vanke Corporation has sponsored research seminars, studios, and workshops at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the topic of sustainable residential development. This exhibit synthesizes the four years of ideas, discussion, drawings, and writings produced by the students involved. The issues explored were: resource efficiency, the natural environment, community facilities and mobility.

This exhibit is bilingual, in Chinese and English.

GIS lab hours begin September 13

Posted September 13th, 2010 by Lisa Sweeney

A GIS specialist will be available in the GIS lab for walk-in assistance from
12:30-4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday, September 13 – December 9.

For more information visit the GIS Services homepage: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/

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"Tell her to go to it" An Exhibit on Women’s Experiences at MIT

Posted September 13th, 2010 by Heather Denny

“If a girl comes along who really wants to be an engineer tell her to go to it,” said Lydia Weld, Class of 1904.

The wisdom and determination of MIT’s women are showcased in a new exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) that reveals the history of women establishing themselves as students, faculty, administrators and staff at MIT.  From the first women’s labs and dorms, to finding community and equity in the ranks, learn about their story through original letters, publications, photos and records from the Institute Archives.  The exhibit runs September 13 through December 1, 2010.

In conjunction with the exhibit, on Monday, September 20 at 3pm in Killian Hall (14W-111) the Libraries are hosting an event with Gioia De Cari, the MIT graduate currently performing her solo show “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp though MIT’s Male Math Maze.” With wit and wisdom De Cari explores her experience at MIT, the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in science.  Join us for a discussion and Q & A with De Cari followed by refreshments and a chance to win tickets to “Truth Values.”

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Hayden Reading Room Improvements

Posted September 2nd, 2010 by Heather McCann

The Hayden Reading Room has reopened after undergoing renovation work this summer.  Come back to study, browse our collections, and enjoy our:

  • New Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Improved safety with sprinkler system upgrade
  • New Carpet, Acoustical Ceiling Tiles, and Paint

Link to Econlit from your desktop!

Posted September 1st, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

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Did you know that you can create a desktop icon that links to Econlit, the American Economic Association’s (AEA) electronic bibliography of economics literature from around the world?

For instructions, see the AEA web site.  Note: In their instructions, the URL for access to MIT’s subscription is http://libraries.mit.edu/get/econlit.

IMF Data: Now Accessible via Global Insight

Posted September 1st, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

This Libraries have changed our access to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  Our IMF data products, namely:

  • International Financial Statistics (IFS)
  • Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS)
  • Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)

are now accessible via Global Insight.

For details on how to extract IMF data via Global Insight, see: http://libraries.mit.edu/dewey/ifs.html.