Phase 3

Operationalization

 

1. Follow the instructions below and state the sources of your data.

 

A) For NES and GSS 

   If you are using NES, or GSS, see p2 of our textbook, An IBM SPSS Companion to Political Analysis.

 

e.g. The 2012 General Social Survey (GSS) data file is used to test the hypotheses.  The GSS are public opinion surveys and are conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. 

 

2) For STATES and WORLD  

 

    You can find the data sources for most of the variables, if you visit the following links: Appendix pp245-259 and pp260-268, An IBM SPSS Companion -4th Edition (The page numbers in your textbook do not correspond to these numbers.). If you do not find your variables in the appendix, please see the information below:

         

    War variables and illiteracy in the world datasets:

    Michael K. Le Roy and Michael Corbett (2006) Research Methods in Political Science. Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, CA

 

    Region in States2

    Michael K. Le Roy and Michael Corbett (2006) Research Methods in Political Science. Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, CA


    If you do not
find your variables in any of the information above, cite the SPSS Companion textbook.
    Pollock, Philip H. (2016) An IBM SPSS Companion to Political Analysis-Fifth Edition. Los Angeles: Sage

    *Make sure to include the sources in the bibliography.
 

2. Describe each variable separately. (Describe the tables that you created to prepare for Phase 3. Do not insert the tables.)

    e.g.

    Dependent/independent

    Name and label

    Level of measurement

    Coding (Make sure to report which values are coded as missing.)

Also report how you are recoding, if you are recoding. Include the new variable names, new variable labels, and new category labels.

        e.g. The two categories are "male" and "female." Males are coded as 1, while females are coded as 2. The category "DK" is coded as 9 and is treated as missing.

 

-Make sure to write in paragraph format.

-You can only use a single dataset.

-You are not analyzing data in this phase. You are only operationalizing your theory to test hypotheses. 

-Save your file and deposit it to Blackboard.

 

Note:

1. Phase 3 should be about 1 - 2 pages using 12 point font (Use either Times New Roman or Arial). Do not adjust margin sizes.

2. Save your work in disks (Make sure to have multiple backups). You will be responsible for a lost disk.

3. At the end of the semester, you will turn in your paper by combining and revisig the phases.

4. Please do not send your assignments using e-mail. 

5. Please do not forget to include your name and section number.

6. Overall, present your paper professionally.