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PPOL: Public Policy

General Guide on Researching Public Policy. Intended for individuals enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.

Fall 2017 Sessions

Title:  Sources of Canadian Data for Public Policy Researchers

Instructor:  Peter Peller, Librarian:  Spatial and Numeric Data Services

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time:   2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Nexen Room, School of Public Policy

Thanks to the Internet we are awash in a sea of information, but finding authoritative and accurate data can often be a challenge. Much of this data is not easily discoverable using search tools such as Google as it is contained in the deep web in government and academic databases and numeric files. This presentation will provide an overview of the main sources of Canadian data for such topics as the economy, energy, environment, health, housing, politics, population, public opinion and society. The session will also highlight the services and resources available at the University of Calgary’s Spatial & Numeric Data Services centre.

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Title:  Using Microsoft Excel to Organize and Present Data (Basic)

Instructor:  Paul Pival, Research Librarian - Data Analytics and Economics Liaison Librarian

Date: Thursday,  November 3, 2016

Time2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Nexen Room, 5th floor, School of Public Policy

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn some basic skills and best practices for using Microsoft Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. You’ll learn how to load data into Excel, perform basic data manipulation, and how to create simple graphs and pie charts to visualize the data in your spreadsheet. Please bring a laptop (Windows or Mac) with Microsoft Excel installed (http://office365.ucalgary.ca/ if you need to download). If you’re already comfortable with Excel, give this one a miss, but if you consider yourself an Excel newbie, this workshop is for you!

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Title:  Using Microsoft Excel to Analyze and Calculate Data (Intermediate)

Instructor:  Paul Pival, Research Librarian - Data Analytics and Economics Liaison Librarian

Date: Thursday,  November 24, 2016

Time2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Nexen Room, 5th floor, School of Public Policy

In this hands-on workshop we’ll dive a little deeper into the capabilities of Microsoft Excel as a tool for performing data calculations. Building upon the concepts learned during PPOL603, we’ll explore averages, standard deviation, variance, and similar basic statistical calculations. Please bring a laptop (Windows or Mac) with Microsoft Excel installed (http://office365.ucalgary.ca/ if you need to download). This workshop is recommended for all students.

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Title:  What You Need to Know About Primary Legal Resources

Instructor:  Kim Clarke, Head, Bennett Jones Law Library, University of Calgary

Date:  Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Nexen Room, School of Public Policy

Public Policy students often need to find legal documents.  This session will start with some basics of legal research.  We will focus on finding legislation and cases in a Canadian context.  Information on how to find background documents on the legislative and judicial processes will also be covered.


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Canadian Think Tanks A-H

If you want to search all of these Canadian think tank sites at once, use our Google Custom Search Engine, which will bring back only results from these sites.