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RDC News: February 2016

Reading week hours, New data sets, and General Social Survey (GSS) - Victimization.

Feb 01, 2016

Upcoming Hours:
Please remember that the Reading Week break means: Mills Library is closed on Monday, February 15th for the Family Day holiday Early library closing times of 4:45pm from Tuesday, February 1 6th to Friday, February 19th

• No extended hours on Tues. Feb. 16th and Thurs. Feb. 18th

Please consult the schedule for Mills Library for more information.

New data sets at the RDC:
In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the McMaster Research Data Centre. Please see the information below. Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals!

General Social Survey (GSS) - Victimization (Cycle 28, 2014)
The General Social Survey (GSS) gathers data on social trends in Canada, to monitor changes in wellbeing and living conditions and provide information on specific policy issues. Each GSS Survey contains a core topic - this data release is on Victimization, to help better understand how Canadians perceive the justice system, crime, and personal experiences of victimization. This is the only national survey of self-reported victimization. It provides an important complement to official crime statistics by measuring both reported and unreported crimes, including reasons on why people chose not to report a crime to police.

This survey uses a cross-sectional design. The target population was Canadians over age 15 living in the 10 provinces. Respondents were interviewed by phone or by Internet (a pilot survey of internet data collection in 2014). This survey may interest those researchers interested in criminology, the justice system, safety, and victimization. The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for research involving this data set.

For further details, please go to the information page on the GSS - Victimization at the Statistics Canada website: Function=getSurvey&SDDS=4504&lang=en&db=imdb&adm=8&dis=2

The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data. For information on the application process, please visit: