Conducting & Authoring Research
Research is a world of discovery.
This section includes information on collecting and analyzing data, staying in compliance with university, state, and federal policies, and writing scientific papers. As you carry out your research, you should continue to review the topics on this page.
COLLECTING & ANALYZING DATA/INFORMATION
Using Qualtrics Survey Software | Finding Data Sets | Data Cleaning & Visualization | Data Security | Guide to SPSS Statistical Software | Statistical Consulting & Qualitative Software Support | Meet with a Librarian
Collecting & Analyzing Data/Information
Using Qualtrics Survey Software
Qualtrics is an cloud-based platform for creating and distributing web-based surveys. It is the recommended and supported tool for conducting electronic research surveys at Kent State.
Kent State University maintains a site-wide license for Qualtrics. All Kent State faculty, staff, and students can access Qualtrics by navigating to kent.qualtrics.com and logging in with their Kent State username and password. Many pay-only features of other commercial survey software are available automatically to Kent State Qualtrics users.
Informed Consent | Incentives | Printing a Qualtrics Survey | Next and Previous Button Colors | Item Coding | Sending Respondents a Copy of their Survey | Shorter Survey URLs | Requiring Kent State Login for Qualtrics Forms | Embedding a Survey in a Webpage | Sharing & Collaborating on Surveys
Statistical Consulting offers Qualtrics Basics and Qualtrics Intermediate workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters through the Tech Help Training program at the library.
Finding Data Sets
There are many databases you can use to locate and obtain secondary data. University Libraries provides a guide with links to a large number of datasets and repositories, including a list arranged by subject area.
Data Cleaning & Visualization
University Libraries has faculty and staff who specialize in different types of data analysis software. They can advise you on choosing and using the right software tools to prepare, visualize, and analyze your data.
Data security controls are intended to prevent unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of data. Failure to implement data security controls could result in increased risk to subjects.
University Libraries provides a detailed guide on meeting data security requirements, including protected health information (HIPAA compliance), personal identifying information, and sensitive information.
Guide to SPSS Statistical Software
University Libraries provides an online guide with written and illustrated tutorials for the statistical software SPSS. This guide includes an introduction to the SPSS environment as well as tutorials on accessing SPSS, working with data, exploring the data, and analyzing the data.
Statistical Consulting & Qualitative Software Support
Statistical consulting is offered to nursing faculty and students by Lynette Phillips, Ph.D., MSPH, on a weekly basis at the Center for Nursing Research located in Henderson Hall, 214.
Contact: Lynette Phillips at 330-672-6324 or email@example.com
University Libraries' Statistical Consulting Office
Additional assistance is available through the University Libraries' Statistical Consulting Office which provides one-on-one statistical and qualitative software consulting services to all Kent State faculty, staff and student researchers at any stage of the research process.
Assistance is available M-F by appointment in Room 812, University Library. Group instruction and online tutorials on a variety of statistical software packages are also available.
Meet with a Librarian: Personalized Research Assistance
Meet with a Librarian appointments provide personalized research assistance. During an appointment, you’ll meet with a librarian specializing in your subject area who will help you identify and locate informational resources (like scholarly journal articles, data sets, or primary sources). Appointments are scheduled for one hour. Students and researchers should arrive on time to take advantage of the full hour of consultation time.
To schedule a Meet with a Librarian appointment (students & faculty):
- Determine your subject librarian based on the subject of your research
- Contact your subject librarian to schedule a meeting time and place
- Request an appointment at least three (3) days in advance
- Provide all pertinent information about your assignment and/or research
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval
Before you implement research that involves the use of human subjects, your project must be reviewed and approved by the Kent State Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for ensuring that the research adequately protects the rights and welfare of study participants. The activities of the IRB are coordinated and administered by the Office of Research Compliance (ORC).
- Dr. Amy Petrinec, Associate Professor for Nursing, 330-672-7930, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Yafen Wang, Associate Professor of Nursing, 330-672-7930, email@example.com
Conflict of Interest Training
All investigators supported by Public Health Service (PHS) funding, including funding from the National Institutes of Health, are required to complete CITI FCOI training.
Training for Responsible Conduct of Research
All undergraduate students, graduate assistants and postdoctoral fellows supported by National Science Foundation funding must complete CITI RCR training.
Other Compliance Subjects: Research Involving Animals and Lab Safety Training
Research Involving Animals
Before beginning research, testing, or teaching activities that involve the use of live vertebrate animals, the principal investigator must receive approval from Kent State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Lab Safety Training
All faculty, principal investigators, staff, students and volunteers who will be working in a research laboratory must complete safety training before beginning their lab research.
Writing Scientific Papers
Manuscript Writing & Editorial Assistance
The Center for Nursing Research can assist faculty and students in writing and editing manuscripts. CNR will not provide manuscript assistance for class assignments.
Contact: Denise Karshner, CNR Senior Grants Administrator, at 330-672-8836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Citation Use & Management
Using and managing citations can be challenging, especially as a research project becomes more complex and incorporates more external sources. The Citation Tools Library Guide provides links to information about various citation styles and other resources that may assist users with the writing process.
Using Copyrighted Materials
Please review the University Policy Regarding Use of Copyright-Protected Works (Policy Register 3-10).
Library Guide on Copyright Resources
The Copyright Resources guide by University Libraries provides important information on obtaining permission from copyright holders, as well as copyright law, best practices, public domain and fair use.
University Libraries' Copyright Services department provides the following services for current faculty, staff, and students:
- Research and clearance services for third-party copyrighted materials for use in a variety of projects and endeavors, including:
- Teaching and learning
- Presentations and poster sessions
- Publication in books, dissertations, journal articles, multimedia, and other projects
- Institutional repositories, including the UL Digital Commons
- Instructional sessions for faculty, staff, and students.
- Informational responses to copyright and licensing questions.
Please note that none of the information or links provided can be substituted for the advice of an attorney.