Tag Archives: Research tools and methods

Understanding Society – taking the long view

Understanding Society, is the world’s largest ever household longitudinal study and it launches on Monday 13th October 2008. It will provide valuable new evidence to inform research on the vital issues facing communities.

It will collect information from 100,000 individuals, across 40,000 households from across the country. It will assist with the understanding of the long term effects of social and economic change, and will provide tools to study the impact of policy interventions on the well being of the UK population.

Understanding Society will be based at and led by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, together with colleagues from the University of Warwick and the Institute of Education. The survey work will be undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). It will be a major advance on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).

Intute: Social Sciences features more Internet resources on the topics of Research Tools and Methods, Statistics and Data and longitudinal studies.

The new IBSS Blog

Welcome the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) team to the Social Science blogosphere!

The new IBSS Blog will look at topical events through the lens of Social Science research and help provide a new route into the wealth of information that IBSS provides.

Or as they put it …

will provide a place where social scientists can examine topical issues and explore how material available on IBSS can deepen understanding of these issues. The blog also aims to highlight some of IBSS’s hidden treasures, thus showing users how to get more out of using the database.

The new blog will supplement the existing IBSS INFO newsletter, which includes a profile of our very own Debra Hiom, who describes IBSS as:

a key resource for users within the Intute database as well as a source of information for the subject editors of Intute: Social Sciences

IBSS is an essential tool for Social Science researchers and includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951.

If you would like to find out more about IBSS, I interviewed Tom Carter, Assistant Manger of IBBS for our podcast back in 2006.


Intute: Social Sciences features more Internet resources in the area of Research Tools.

IBSS User Survey 2006

The International Bibliography of the Social Sciences is a key research resource for Social Scientists, providing access to over 2 million records covering journals, books, reviews and book chapters.

They are conducting a user survey to improve the content and usability of IBSS, with the chance to win a digital camera. The short online survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

If you would like to find out more about IBSS, IBSS info their newsletter for Winter 2006 has just been published and includes updates on expanded coverage of German economics, the latest new titles added to IBSS and information on case studies of how IBSS is being used.

Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences which was set up by the American Council of Learned Societies, has just produced a final draft report for comment to the community.

It defines cyberinfrastructure as the new research environments in which high-performance computing tools are available to researchers on a shared network and contrasts this with the existing infrastructure of libraries, museums, archives etc. which has been built up over many years in collaboration with scholars.

The report recommends the continued expansion of the online research environment, with appropriate strategies for digital preservation. It concludes by saying that if this approach is followed:

there will be a significantly expanded audience for humanities and social science research, among the general public. A relatively small audience on the open Web will still be a far larger audience than scholars in these disciplines have been able to find up to now in academic bookstores, in research libraries, and in print journals.

The final report is expected in the autumn of 2006.