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*Research Data Services @ Georgia State University Library: WORKSHOPS ~ Methods for Data Analysis & Collection ~ Web Scraping, Social Media, Mixed Methods, Qualitative Methods, Social Networks Analysis, Finding Marketing Data, ICPSR

WORKSHOPS ~ METHODS for DATA ANALYSIS & COLLECTION

Twitter API Workshop

Twitter API Workshop



Twitter API - Collecting Social Media Data

This workshop will introduce participants to using the Twitter API to collect social media data directly from Twitter. The workshop will also touch on some of the common concepts that are broadly related to using social media APIs.

The workshop will be taught using Python code (i.e. no point-and-click tools). However, everyone who is interested in the Twitter API, regardless of coding experience, are still welcome to join the workshop, participate in chat, and engage with the content as best they can. All are welcome.

Skill Requirements: None, but some basic familiarity with Python or coding will be helpful.

Software Requirements for Hands-on Participation:

Workshop Topics:

  • Introduction to the broad concepts and issues related to using social media APIs for research
  • Overview of the Twitter API website and documentation
  • Hands-on practice using the Twitter API and the Tweepy Python package
  • Strategies for handling API limitations
  • Parsing and organizing collected Twitter data

Marketing Data Workshop

Marketing Data: Consumers, Products, and Brands



This workshop introduces three key marketing resources for finding consumer, product, and brand data: University Internet Reporter (formerly MediaMark/MRI+), SimplyAnalytics, and Passport.

Workshop Topics:

  • Consumer demographics
  • Product usage data
  • Brand and company market share data

Prerequisites: None.

Logics & Logistics of Qualitative Research with NVivo Session

Logics & Logistics of Qualitative Research with NVivo Session


  • LIVE workshops typically occurs annually in October -- watch the workshops calendar for the next offering.
  • RECORDED workshop is not available.

The Logics & Logistics of Qualitative Research

A Framework for Exploring Concepts, Dimensions, and Relationships in Qualitative Data using NVivo Research Software

Dr. LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh present this joint session. Dr. LaRossa discusses the steps involved in building theoretically-rich qualitative analyses (the logics) and Dr. Swygart-Hobaugh outlines the specific features of NVivo qualitative research software that complement and facilitate these analyses (the logistics). NOTE: This session does NOT involve hands-on NVivo training -- see the workshop listings on this page for hands-on NVivo training opportunities.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) Workshop

ICPSR for Finding Secondary Datasets


  • LIVE workshops are no longer offered for this series.
  • For RECORDED workshops: Click here.
  • For ONLINE GUIDE: Click here.

This workshop gives an introduction/overview of ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research). See also this video tutorial and hands-on tutorial that walk you through using ICPSR.

Workshop Topics:

  • Create and login with a MyData Account to be able to download ICPSR datasets from both on and off campus.
  • Use key search and browse features to drill down to datasets appropriate for your research or teaching purposes.
  • Use key parts of an ICPSR dataset record to identify and download datasets.
  • Understand the different access options to ICPSR datasets (public use v. restricted use).

Prerequisites: None.

Web Scraping Workshop

Web Scraping Workshop



Web Scraping

This workshop will introduce participants to fundamental concepts and tools for programmatically scraping data from public websites. 

The internet contains immense amount of data, both structured and unstructured, that is not readily available to researchers through traditional commercial and academic databases. Blogs, market data, movie reviews, social media, press releases, and newspaper headlines are just a few examples of the type of rich content available on the web that may be best collected using web scraping tools and methods.

The workshop will be taught exclusively using Python code (i.e. no point-and-click tools).  However, everyone who is interested in web scraping, regardless of coding experience, are still welcome to join the workshop, participate in chat, and engage with the content as best they can.  All are welcome.

Skill Requirements: Basic familiarity with Python.

Software Requirements for Hands-on Participation:

  • For participants wishing to follow along with the “hands-on” portion of the workshop will need to have specific software installed prior to the start of the workshop.  Software requirements and installation details can be found on the workshop webpage: https://research.library.gsu.edu/webdata/workshop

Workshop Topics:

  • Introduction to concepts, context, and use-cases related to web scraping
  • Brief discussion of legal and ethical considerations
  • Using Selenium WebDriver to access and navigate websites
  • Extracting, parsing, and processing data scraped from webpages

Mixed Methods Workshop

Mixed Methods Workshop


  • LIVE workshops are no longer offered for this series.
  • For RECORDED workshops: Click here.
  • For ONLINE GUIDE: Click here.

Mixed Methods: General Overview of Mixed Methods Research Design

This workshop is a general overview of mixed methods used in research. Mixed Methods Research Designs use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Workshop Topics:

  • Overview of Mixed Methods
  • Explanatory vs. Exploratory Design
  • Sequential and Concurrent Design
  • Triangulation Design

Prerequisites: None.

Social Networks (with Stata) Workshop Series

Social Networks Workshop (with Stata) Series


  • LIVE workshops are no longer offered for this series.
  • For RECORDED workshops: Click here.
  • For ONLINE GUIDE: Click here.

Networks 1: General Overview of Social Networks and Social Network Analysis

This workshop is the first of a three-part series on social network analysis. You will learn how to use social network analysis to examine the connections between individuals or groups both visually and through specific measurements.

Workshop Topics:

  • Social networks (defined)
  • Ego networks
  • Sociocentric networks
  • Network components

Prerequisites: None.


Networks 2: Analyzing Sociocentric Networks with Stata

This workshop is the second of a three-part series on social network analysis. You will learn how to use Stata to conduct social network analysis to examine sociocentric network data.

Workshop Topics: xam

  • Calculations for sociocentric networks
  • Generating network matrixes in Stata

Prerequisites: Networks 1 or basic knowledge of social networks.


Networks 3: Social Network Instrument Development and Data Collection

This workshop is the third of a three-part series on on social network analysis. You will learn the development and implementation of social network data collection tools. This workshop is especially important for scholars who are interested in analyzing secondary social network data as well as collecting social network data.

Workshop Topics:

  • Instrument development
  • Sampling techniques
  • Data collection process
  • Data management and organization

Prerequisites: Networks 1 and 2 or foundational knowledge of social networks and social network analysis.