Zotero is a major part of my workflow from gathering research to the final, written output. One major annoyance, though, is its interpretation of APA reference style. It’s all correct, of course, with one exception: It adds the issue number to every journal citation. APA style holds that you should not include the issue numbers. The sole exception to this rule, which is admittedly asinine, are journals which paginate by issue rather than volume1.

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The survey package is one of R’s best tools for those working in the social sciences. For many, it saves you from needing to use commercial software for research that uses survey data. However, it lacks one function that many academic researchers often need to report in publications: correlations. The svycor function in jtools (more info) helps to fill that gap.

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There are a lot of reasons to use R instead of my field’s standby software, SPSS. With that said, I won’t get into them here. Instead, I just want to talk about a few things in R that might help a beginner get the hang of it.

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Teaching

  • COMM 4820
    Public Opinion and Communication

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  • COMM 2367
    Persuasive Communication

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  • COMM 2367 (online)
    Persuasive Communication

    Syllabus

Projects

jtools

An expanding collection of functions I’ve created for use in R. They are thus far focused on presenting and interpreting the results of regression models with a focus on two-way interactions.

APA LaTeX Template

A template for writing reports in APA format using the LaTeX typesetting engine. The heavy lifting is done by the apa6 package, but this saves the user some time writing out code to get started.

Group Mean Differences

This is a Shiny app to demonstrate to students how much randomly assigned groups can differ on some measure without it actually being a significant difference.

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