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IR Online Academic Resources

As a reminder, the same amazing study resources AU provides to students on campus are available to online students as well! Below, we have pulled out specific ones we think might be particularly useful. As always, if you have a question about your requirements, you can always reach out to your Academic Advisors at the email address. 


Writing: The AU Tutoring & Writing Lab can assist with every stage of the writing process:

  • Brainstorming for your assignment
  • Writing thesis statements
  • Outlining an argument
  • Creating smooth transitions
  • Recognizing recurrent grammatical errors

Experienced counselors evaluate drafts, identify areas for improvement, and explain strategies for effective essay structure. While they do not offer proofreading or editing services, they do offer advice on time management and project management techniques and also provide encouragement to help students become better writers. The on-campus lab also has a digital tutoring center where you can schedule up to two 50-minute appointments per week to work with a tutor. You can make the appointments online at or over the phone at 202-885-3360 or by emailing The Writing Lab now takes special “Online Only” hours at the following schedule: Mondays-Thursdays, 8:00-10:00pm EST, Saturdays noon-4:00pm EST, and Sunday noon-5pm EST.

Stats: Students enrolled in SISG-763 Quantitative Methods have exclusive access to a one-on-one tutor who can help provide guidance with statistical software, interpretation of results, and research hypotheses. Check on the Quantitative Methods course wall for this tutor’s contact information and availability, and make use of his expertise.

Whether or not you are enrolled in SISG-763 Quantitative Methods, you should take advantage of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL). CTRL provides consultations for students carrying out qualitative and quantitative research. The group provides advice on research design, data collection, and data analysis. It also assists students in the use of research software for class assignments. The group can also assist with research design, data management, interpreting statistical results, and other research-related tasks. The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), also run by CTRL, allows students to "remote-in" to the computers in AU's on-campus labs, all of which have SPSS installed. Use the software for free using this client, but be aware that it has limited licenses available, and you could experience higher wait-times during high usage blocks throughout the year (i.e.: mid-terms, final exams, project deadlines, etc.).

Faculty who have taught SISG-763 with the IR Online program have also provided some helpful links for students seeking publicly-available data sets for their research, listed below: 

UCLA Statistical Computing

Provides tutorials and annotated examples for SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R, as well as, various resources for data analysts and links to data sets.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Collects data on virtually all aspects of U.S. agriculture such as production, prices, farm labor, wages, finances, chemical use, etc. 

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Collects data on U.S. labor market activity, working conditions, and changes in price levels, e.g., consumer price index, producer price index.

US Bureau of Economic Analysis

Collects data on U.S. economic activity such as consumption, personal income, trade, state and national income, investment, savings, etc. The data are usually aggregate numbers spanning over states and regions. 

UNM Bureau of Business & Economic Research

Provides data and links to data on New Mexico economic activity.

Center for Disease Control

Collects data on health indicators in U.S. such as life expectancy, mortality, health care uses, expenditures, etc.

US Census Bureau

Collects data on U.S. demographics such as age, sex, occupation, household income, etc. Data are based on household survey (micro data).


DataFerrett is a data analysis and extraction tool with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data. It is a computer an application that allows you to access a variety of public use data offered by the US Census Bureau without having to visit the individual sites.

The World Bank

Collects various data on countries around the world, e.g., economic activity, political environment, environmental conditions, human rights indicators, corruption, etc. For certain types of data, you may need to link via UNM libraries for access. 

Economics: Students enrolled in either SISG-773 Introduction to Economics, SISG-764 International Economics, and SIS-696 Understanding Global Economics all have exclusive access to support in the subject through a one-on-one tutor. Find information about this tutor on the class wall for any of these courses, or email your Academic Advisor for information at  

Health and Wellness: The Counseling Center is a fantastic touchpoint for students wishing to take advantage of the health and wellness resources at American University. By calling the Center at +1 (202) 885-3500, you can get in touch with someone who can help, and familiarize you with local resources and online tools to guide your self-help.

Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC): ASAC supports the academic development and educational goals of all American University students and is committed to providing access for individuals with disabilities within the university's diverse community. Topics of interest to all students include time management and procrastination, effective writing, textbook reading, note taking, critical thinking, memory skills, and test taking. 

Office of the Dean of Students: The Office of the Dean of Students ( operates as a safe space where students can send documentation and meet with a Case Manager about personal, military, or medical obstacles to their academic success. You can also submit a “Care Report” through your MyAU student portal for yourself or someone else.

Research: AU’s Bender Library has a nifty “online chat” function where you can get help doing your research:

Tech Support: For help navigating the online experience, reach out to Student Support at or 1-855-307-2847.