- What are the User's Guides to the Data Sets?
- Instructions for viewing Adobe Acrobat files
- What is the difference between Annual Disposition data sets
and Birth Cohort data sets?
What are the User's Guides to the Data Sets?
A user's guide is a technical manual containing information about a data
set (e.g., record layout, variables contained in it, and code values). It
contains the documentation needed to read and manipulate the data using a
statistical software package. Each manual has a section in it titled "Using the
Codebook." This section of the user's guide uses a typical variable as an
example of the information that appears in the user's guide (e.g., format
information needed to read the data into other systems, description of variable
contents, and code values).
When the user's guide for a data set is not available, only the variable list will be displayed.