The Statistical Consulting Service offered by the University of Maryland Libraries provides assistance to the campus research community, via email and through in-person consultations. Guidance is available in the following areas:
- Statistical software programs, such as SPSS, SAS, or R
- Survey design
- Finding and using data sources
- Explaining common statistical methodology
- Data manipulation and analysis techniques
- Basic interpretation of results
Value added to University Community
Lowering research barriers by increasing statistical awareness. Data-driven research is becoming the norm, even in traditionally non-quantitative disciplines. Across all disciplines, finding, collecting, storing, and sharing data is a challenge. Also, investigators can and do struggle to keep abreast of the newest statistical and analytical techniques. Statistical consulting services can increase statistical and programming literacy, allowing researchers to focus on the big picture rather than getting bogged down by the details.
Developing workshops to teach programming fundamentals. Researchers are expected to be self-learners. Preparing study data and learning to code is time consuming, but introductory workshops get investigators moving quickly. We offer instruction in basic programming, data manipulation, analysis, and summarization of results in figures and tables in statistical software languages to the general University of Maryland research community.
Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration by serving as middle ground. Statistical tools and techniques vary across academic disciplines, a hurdle to collaboration. Statistical consulting services can unify understanding of techniques and bring together researchers. The Libraries can serve as a center for researchers who are otherwise scattered across campus, fostering innovation and interdisciplinary work.