Category Archives: Helpful Information

The Publication Process

Nathan Jensen has a great post on the realities of the publication process. This is a must read for all graduate students, particularly those in their first or second year.

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Impostor Syndrome: It does not end with graduation

It appears that impostor syndrome is something that will go with people beyond graduate school. Here is an article about dealing with impostor syndrome as a young faculty member. http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/08/20/essay-how-new-faculty-members-can-deal-impostor-syndrome

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Gretl for Statistics

For those who may be interested in having a statistics package on their computer without having to pay a yearly licensing fee, you may want to take a look at Gretl. It is an open source statistical package that seems to have a growing … Continue reading

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kountry command in Stata

For those doing cross-national analysis in Stata, the kountry command allows for easy transitions between different coding schemes when merging data. For example, you can easily change a dataset identified with World Bank isocodes to one identified with Correlates of War codes.

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How to referee an academic paper

Chris Blattman has some links up on how to referee an academic paper, and on how to be a discussant at a conference.  Well worth reading.

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How to pick a research project

I saw that Chris Blattman put some links on his blog to some essays by economist Don Davis on how to select research topics.  Directly relevant to political science as well.  Good stuff.

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Social science math

From my conversations with many of the new students, I know that one of the biggest concerns of first year grad students is the stats course required of them this fall, Pols 800.  I remember when I started that I … Continue reading

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