Whether you are working on qualification work or research projects using quantitative, qualitative methods or a combination of both, you will be confronted with fundamental methodological questions in many areas: What data bases could you use to answer your research question? Are there any results from other similar studies that could enrich your work? What data analysis and data processing software could be helpful for my project?

In order to answer these and other methodologically fundamental questions, the following set of tools for empirical social research is to be used. If you have any further methodological questions concerning your project or suggestions for the future design of this tool kit, please do not hesitate to contact the teaching assistants of our chair.


SPSS Courses

SPSS Courses at the Institute of Sociology



Software-Shop of RWTH Aachen University - requires RWTH-Netz

Endnote - Literature Management Program for Creating / Managing Literature Databases

MaxQDA - Software for Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data and Text Analysis

SPSS - Statistics and Analysis Software

Stata - Statistics Software for Creating Print-Ready Graphics and Complex Data Sets


Research Cooperation


Sociological Associations and Research Institutions