Tools for Research/Writing

Tools for Research/Writing Page

Listed here are internet resources to help students pursue research projects. Included is information about gathering and analyzing data, writing papers, and organizing research projects.

Do note that you should always consult your professors before undertaking any research for a course: the information here is designed to be supplemental to any specific requirements you may find in your classes. Also, be aware that some of these sites are subscription-based or have other limited access and may only be available when connected to the internet at on-campus locations or otherwise through the WFU network.

If you are interested in specific research opportunities at Wake Forest, see our Research/Funding Opportunities page.


Resources for Writing and Research

American Sociological Association Directory of Student Funding Opportunities

American Sociological Association Information on Student Research Opportunities

WFU Library Research Guides


Data Resources

American Sociological Association’s List of Large Data Sets

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research – the ICPSR site warehouses a wide range of survey data that can be valuable towards almost any research project.

The United States Census Bureau – offers public resources including population, economic, industry, and geography studies. See also the “American Factfinder” site, which has datasets, US Census Bureau information, population data, race & ethnic stats, data on marriage and divorce, poverty, and migration statistics.

General Social Survey – The GSS conducts basic scientific research on the structure and development of American society with a data-collection program

Bureau of Justice Statistics

UCONN Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world’s leading archives of social science and political science data

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

The National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen (NLSF) follows a cohort of first-time freshman at selective colleges and universities through their college careers.


Resources for Data Analysis

SPSS – this website supports the SPSS statisitical software that is available on all Wake Forest issued laptops and is one of the most popular and powerful tools for data analysis.

NVivo/Nudist – the hompage for the company producing a leading qualitative analysis software for analyzing text documents.