The Center for Social Science Computation and Research

Legacy Publications

Below are links to documentation created by various current and former CSSCR professional and consulting staff over the years. Many of the packages shown are depreciated as of the creation of this page, but may serve as a useful starting and furthermore reflect on the talent and capabilities of the persons who created them. We therefore provide them “as is”.

Access for the Somewhat Befuddled
PDF, Nadia Morgen
This document shows you how relational databases work, and how Access can help you organize great big galaxy-sized loads of data.

PDF, Dixielynn Gleason
Adobe Acrobat is a collection of software which allows you to put files on the WWW without using html. Acrobat’s .pdf (Portable Document Format) files are especially useful if the material you are publishing gets updated often.

PDF, Jonathan Glick

ESRI ArcGIS is a comprehensive mapping and database system. This document provides an introduction to the ArcMap component of the package which allows the user to analyze and display spatial information.

Companion to the UW Graduate School Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations
PDF, Dixielynn Gleason
This is Dixielynn’s tips and tricks companion document to the Graduate School’s Guidelines for publishing dissertations and theses.

CSSCR Data Archive
PDF, Tina Tian
This document is a description of our collection of data sets, with instructions on how to locate and access these data sets

Introduction to US Census Data
PDF, Tina Tian
This is a summation of the US Census data products available at CSSCR and how to obtain them.


PDF, Jianguo Wang
Eviews is a program designed to do time-series analysis for economics. You can use this software to manipulate data, estimate, forecast, do multiple regressions and read and write data files in a standard spreadsheet format


PDF, Chris Rothschild
Flash is used for creating web-based animations and for making web pages more interactive. This handout tells you about layout, drawing and manipulating shapes, animating, tweening and publishing.

Introduction to Excel

PDF, Jon Agnone
Microsoft Excel is a powerful, integrated spreadsheet available both on Windows and Macintosh computers. This introduction refers specifically to the Windows environment; however, Excel for Macintosh operates in a very similar fashion. For beginning purposes, this document should be adequate for both

Intermediate Excel

PDF, Gregg Harbaugh
The further adventures of Excel! This document shows you how to make your spreadsheets and charts more professional-looking and easier to read. Using Chart Wizard and linking worksheets are just two functions you can learn by reading this document.

Excel Histograms

PDF, Gregg Harbaugh
This document shows you how to make histograms more professional-looking by hand rather than using excel’s default histogram program.

Facilities & Services at CSSCR

PDF, Fred Nick
A listing of our computers, software, consulting services and publications.

Kill the Paper Clip!

PDF, Dixielynn Gleason
This document is a collection of tips on turning off a lot of the “helpful” features in Microsoft Word 2003, and a few solutions to common problems.


PDF, Deborah Blake
Powerpoint is a presentation package which helps you create slides, transparencies, and electronic slide shows.

Qualitative Data Analysis

PDF, Jeanette Burkett
This is an overview of the software we have to help you research qualitatively. Analyzing words (as in actual text) rather than crunching numbers can seem overwhelming, but these applications (Folio Views, Nudist, Ethnograph, etc.) can cut down on the tedium.

Introduction to R Statistics Package

PDF, Jinyoung Kim
This is a brief handout used to begin the process of using the R statistical package.


PDF, Tina Tian
SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software package for data analysis.

Scanner How-to
PDF, Marcos Torres
This hand-out will give you step-by-step instructions on using the flatbed, negative and slide scanners at CSSCR. You may use the stand-alone scanner applications or go through Photoshop to scan and manipulate your images.


PDF, Derek Chung
S is a language and an interactive environment for data analysis and graphics. S is useful for computation in a wide range of applications. It’s a very general tool, so that applications are not restricted to any particular subject area. S-Plus extends statistical tools like time-series, survival analysis, modern regression, classical statistical tests, graphical device drivers and dynamic loading.


PDF, Yen-Sheng Chiang
This document gives the new user an overview of SPSS’s features and walks them through the beginning steps in inputting data, sorting and defining variables, creating new variables, and analyzing data.


PDF, John Rigg
This document has some basic instructions for using the Stata Statistical Package for Windows.

TAMS Analyser

PDF, Tabitha Hart
This document has some basic instructions for using the TAMS Analyzer for Mac OSX.