Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshop | Introduction to Python and Web Scraping | Hsin Fei Tu

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants


This workshop will be offered online


In this 2-day (6-hour) workshop, participants will be introduced to the environment of Jupyter notebook, an interface for using Python, and the basic web scraping techniques using Python programming language. No previous experience with Python is required.

The goal is to equip participants with Python skills that will benefit their research. Sample data and worksheets will be provided. In the morning, we will focus on getting familiar with Jupyter notebook and Python as well as reading and importing data from various resources. In the afternoon, we will cover data management skills and web scraping. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to run basic Python code and scrape a webpage using Python. If participants have specific questions about using Python for their own research projects following the workshop, they are encouraged to make appointments for individual consultations.

Instructor: Hsin Fei Tu

Hsin Fei Tu is a Methodology Consultant at ISSR and a PhD student in Sociology at UMass Amherst. She holds Masters degrees in Sociology and National development. She has taught a number of workshops on quantitative research methods, R, and social network analysis. Her research interests are inequality, research methodology, and social network analysis.

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Research Methods Programs, Jessica Pearlman (


Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $75/person
  • Five College Faculty:  $125/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $150/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professionals:  $200/person

Registration note:The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Please note: payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. You will receive an email confirming the names of workshops for which your registration has been accepted. If a workshop you have registered for is over-subscribed, you will be refunded and offered placement on a wait-list. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (

Cancellation note:In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice. We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.