HOW TO USE THIS SITE


This page provides links to two “how to” videos on using the many features of the SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project (SCUIP).  For more information on the framework and background of the SCUIP, visit the ABOUT THIS PROJECT and ABOUT THE PUBLIC POLICY CENTER pages.

If you are a first time visitor to the site, we encourage you to watch our first tutorial, “Getting Started.”  This brief video provides guidelines for basic navigation of the SCUIP website.

 

Getting Started

 

In this second tutorial, “Data Digestion,” we provide our users with a detailed explanation of how the data on the website is presented, as well as how our users can interact with and locate data sources. If you’re still having trouble navigating the website after watching these videos, don’t hesitate to contact us for further advisement.

 

Data Digestion

How to Cite SouthCoast Urban Indicators

Because we strive to provide the most up to date data, the individual indicator pages on SCUIP have various authors. For this reason, the Public Policy Center recommends using guidelines for unknown authors of electronic sources. Below are some examples.

For MLA style in-text citations, use the guidelines for citing a website with an unknown author. To do so, use the title of the indicator page where you would normally put the author’s last name. For MLA purposes, it is acceptable to not put a page number if the source is less than two pages.

There are many barriers to college for children in the Gateway Cities of New Bedford and Fall River, such as being part of a non-English speaking family or being one of the more than 70 percent of children in either city living in a low-income household (“College Access, Fall River”).

In an MLA works cited page, use the title of the webpage for the source.

“College Access, Fall River.” The Public Policy Center. UMass Dartmouth. Web. [latest update (if available)]. [date accessed].

 

For APA style, the format is fairly similar to MLA, with the exception that APA requires online sources to be dated in-text. Because we update indicators as new data becomes available, indicators on the same page may have different publication dates

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. If you are citing information from a specific metric, use the year provided. However if you are citing a larger passage from the “Why does this matter” or “How we measure” section indicate that no date is available with “n.d.”

According to the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth, Fall River public schools average a student-teacher ratio of 14.1 to one (“School Performance, Fall River” 2014).

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Students in New Bedford or Fall River public schools would benefit from smaller class sizes, especially because they are more likely to be from a low-income or minority household than the average Massachusetts student (“School Performance, Fall River” n.d.).

An APA list of references would use the title of the webpage as the source.

“School Performance, Fall River” (n.d.). Retrieved from http://southcoastindicators.org/education/school-performance-fall-river/

For examples on how to cite in other styles we recommend you refer to the Bedford/St. Martin’s Online Research Documentation Handbook.

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