Directions:Use Pollock Chapters 2 and 4 as a reference guide to complete this assignment. (Example HERE)
Write a short research note about two variables in which you are interested. (You should continue to use the variables from paper #1.) The note will consist of an introduction, a short literature review (cite at least two academic articles from jstor.org), hypothesis to be tested, a short discussion of the variables’ summary statistics (central tendency and dispersion), statistical procedures you will run to compare the variables, tables and appropriate graphs of the results, a discussion and implication of the results.
Example relationships could include race and party identification, income/education and ideology, crime in a state and levels of poverty, etc.
Reference the following link for a discussion on how to successfully structure your paper:
Weingast, Barry R. 1995. "Structuring Your Papers." http://www.stanford.edu/~weingast/caltech_rules.html (Links to an external site.)]
Paper format should conform to the American Political Science Association’s “Style Guidelines”. http://www.ipsonet.org/data/files/APSAStyleManual2006.pdf (Links to an external site.)
Format and description
Answers the question: Why am I studying these variables? Why is this important? What do I expect to find? State why you think this relationship is important. Is the relationship positive, negative, a correlation, or a spurious relationship? Why is it one and not the others?
Answers the question: how have others studied this topic in the past?
Using JSTOR find two related research articles and cite the appropriate in your paper. Eg, what type of research design was used? What was the data? What were the authors' findings/conclusions? How does it relate to the variables you are studying?
Data and Methods:
Answers the question: What data set am I using? How many people answered the relevant questions? What are the variables and how did they ask/measure the phenomena? What are the measures of central tendency/dispersion?
Answers the question: what statistical procedure are you using? Crosstabs/comparison of means? Why? Explain the tables and graphs you produce using SPSS. Does it prove or disprove your hypothesis?
Answers the question: What are the implications of the findings? Why should we care?