Thursday, December 4, 2014

EndNote hints

Cite author name(s) in text

You can get EndNote to put the names outside of the bracket/parentheses if you like.

Go to the EndNote X5, X6, or X7 tab

Click Edit & Manage Citation(s)

In the Formatting drop down menu select the Display as: Author (Year) option

Edit styles

Depending on your version of EndNote you might have to move the EndNote "style" into your "Documents" folder or any folder where you have 'read-writing' privileges. See EndNote help

Friday, November 28, 2014

Collaborating on a document and useful shortcuts

Using a Microsoft Word document (offline)

Having clear rules when collaborating on a document such as a research report can save a lot of time and effort. Here are some rules, let us call them guidelines, that I have found useful when working with my students and colleagues on different types of documents. 

First of all, someone needs to be responsible for the document in question. This would normally be the first author on a manuscript or the student (e.g., thesis). 

Second key shortcuts to use: 
  1. Track changes (shortcut to turn track changes on and off in Microsoft Word is ctrl+shift+e).
  2. Comments (shortcut to insert a comment in Microsoft Word is ctrl+alt+m).
  3. To delete a comment just right click it and select delete. 
  4. To comment on a comment. At the end of the comment add some empty lines, put your initials and start typing your comment on the comment (e.g., "done", "what do you think of this solution ..."). 
  5. Use shift+F10 to get the context menu or shortcut menu.

Two collaborators

Send the document to the second author or supervisor without any track changes but maybe with some comments. 

Second author creates a new copy of the document adding:  
  1. "-- EBT comments" to the end of the file name if a thesis,
  2. "v02EBT" if a manuscript indicating that this is now the second version (v02) of the manuscript and it has been edited by the second author (EBT). 
  3. Thus, the file name for a manuscript might be "Burnout in Ambulance drivers v02EBT".

Second author makes changes using track changes but with some exceptions such as for major changes to tables and figures where the second author might just note the change with a comment. 

When the first author/student get the document back she or he changes the end of the file name
  1. deleting "-- EBT comments" if a thesis and putting "v02 instead",
  2. changes "v02EBT" to "v03ST"if a manuscript indicating that this is now the third version (v03) of the manuscript and it has been edited by the first author (ST). 
The first author/student then answers the comments by adding text at the bottom of the respective comment and accepting or rejecting suggested changes (track changes) and adds her/his own changes using track changes. 

File names

  1. Don't use "final" in your file name. It is only final if it is published and then you should call it published.
  2. Don't put a date in the filename unless absolutely necessary.  
  3. Maybe use your surname, three words to capture your thesis project and a version number 
    1. “Thorsteinsson Socials support and depression v01.sav”
    2. "Burnout in Ambulance drivers v02EBT".


Assuming you are in Microsoft Word. Some assume you have EndNote open too.
  1. ctrl+shift+e toggle track changes on/off 
  2. ctrl+alt+m inserts a comment
  3. alt+2 insert citation(s) where your cursor is in your Word document; citation you have already selected in EndNote
  4. hold down ctrl and select with mouse multiple citations (in EndNote)
  5. ctrl+k in EndNote copies the citation as it will appear in the reference list - just try and paste in Word
  6. ctrl+a selects all of your text - well most of the time - be careful when using in Excel
  7. Format your reference list using the little button 'hidden' in the EndNote 'strip' in Word, see Figure 1. 

Figure 1. The EndNote 7 strip from Word 2010

Shortcuts for some browsers and pdf software

  1. Something too small or too large to read? Check out ctrl++ and ctrl+- (will not work for Word)
  2. ctrl+f that would be f for find

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SPSS: How to get SPSS if you are a UNE Psychology student?

UNE students should purchase SPSS from Hearne.

  • Importantly, Hearne provide support to the point of installation. 
  • They also administer all SPSS licences for IBM. 
  • Other retailers don't seem to provide this support.

Which version of SPSS?

  • Undergrad psychology students will only need the “Standard” version. 
  • Fourth year psychology students (and above) may want the "Premium" version instead (i.e. it has, in addition, missing value analysis, power analysis and bootstrapping among other things).

To purchase SPSS, go to:

  2. select 'SOFTWARE',
  3. then 'SPSS Grad Packs for Students by IBM',
  4. then 'Statistics Standard Grad Pack' for the "Standard" version, or 'Statistics Premium Grad Pack' for the "Premium" version,
  5. then 'view prices', or

For a link direct to the "Standard" version go to

Post last updated September 3, 2014.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mediation and moderation: Lecture related material

Key material

SPSS data set "gambling study v04.sav
Spreadsheet to create moderation figures
Table templates
Figure template for flow of participants for randomized control trials (RCT)
Figure template for reporting mediation results 
Word document with APA style

Lecture files (1 Feb 2017)

- PowerPoint file "Mediation-Moderation-2017.pptx"
- SPSS output file "gambling study output 2017.spv"
- SPSS syntax file for graph "gambling study syntax 2017.sps"
- SPSS data file "gambling study v04.sav"

Lecture slides (27 Jan 2016):
- PowerPoint file "Mediation-Moderation-2016-v08.pptx"
- PDF with six slides to each sheet file "Mediation-Moderation-2016-v08-6to1.pdf
- SPSS output file "gambling study output 2016.spv"
- SPSS syntax file for graph "gambling study syntax 2016.sps"

Lecture slides (6 Feb 2015): 
- PowerPoint file "2015-Mediation-Moderation-v07.pptx"
- PDF with six slides to each sheet "PSYC402H 2015 Mediation Moderation 6to1.pdf

Lecture video/audio (mp4) - Delivered April 2014

Power for mediation and moderation analyses

Please see


Video on Moderation and Mediation by Andy Field 


What about effect sizes for mediation?
Plenty of effect sizes reported in the output. When thinking about the effect size and which one to report/write about, think about the indirect (mediation) effect in relation to the total or direct effects (ratio). This type of discussion plus reporting the ratio might help you understand the 'size' of the effect size. Make sure you report at least one of the effect sizes in the output as per examples given in the lecture/output. 

Also, consider the suggestion that small, moderate, and large effect size criterion should be smaller for moderation type analysis, see: 

Aguinis, H., Beaty, J. C., Boik, R. J., & Pierce, C. A. (2005). Effect size and power in assessing moderating effects of categorical variables using multiple regression: A 30-year review. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 94-107. doi:10.1037/0021-9010.90.1.94

Difficulty downloading the above files
  • Try right-clicking the link and try any "save as" or "save link" options. 
  • If you are using Chrome and are logged in to Google you might like to click the file (Google will open the file as a preview) then you should have options at the top of the window to download the file.