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Workshop: Mapping Demographic Data with Social Explorer

Welcome! This guide was created to accompany a workshop offered at Falvey Library. This workshop can also be customized for use with relevant coursework. 

  Social Explorer

dbishov Deborah Bishov
Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 225

Deborah Bishov is the subject librarian for Communication and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.



This guide can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/FalveySE

Exercise 1: Examine the map and answer the questions below it. You can also access the map at this link: https://www.socialexplorer.com/edfe4b4aab/view

  • What does each orange area on the map represent?
  • What is the source of the data?
  • What does the scale mean? (If you're looking at the embedded map above, click on the button in the lower left to see it se button.JPG If you're looking at the link, look for the scale in the upper right-hand corner.)
  • What patterns do you notice?
  • What information not on the map would help you make inferences here?

Exercise 2: Start at the link for the same map: https://www.socialexplorer.com/2945bdb71b/explore
  Use the "Change data" feature in the upper left-hand corner to try mapping the same data (people with doctorates) for the following years:

  • 2000
  • 1990
  • 1950
  • 1930
  • 1870

    Were you able to map people with doctorates for all of those years?
    What changes did you notice?


Last Modified: 2018-06-26 10:47:10