Introduction to Social Network Analysis, April 2016

For Participants: Here are materials and information that will help you get ready for the seminar.

Temple entrance 2Time and Place. The first session will begin at 9:00 a.m.on Friday, April 29, in room 608 at Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Philadelphia, PA. If possible, try to arrive about 10 minutes earlier to check in and get organized. Class will end around 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. The entrance to Temple University is not actually on Market St., but on the opposite side of the building on a pedestrian walkway (see picture at left). Please have a photo ID available to show the security guard.

If you’re walking from the Club Quarters Hotel, go right on Chestnut St. and then left on 16th St. After you cross Market St., turn right immediately after the first building (Firstrust Bank at 1515 Market). Walk about 1/2 block and look for the Temple sign.

Driving Directions to Temple Center City
Directions to Club Quarters Hotel

Parking. We recommend using public transportation. All Philadelphia trains and subway systems converge on the City Hall area. But if you must drive, we suggest the underground AutoPark at JFK Plaza, which is less than a 5 minute walk from TUCC. Enter by driving north on 16th St from Market St. When you get to Arch St., turn right and immediately take the down ramp into the garage. The rate should be $16 on Friday and $11 on Saturday. Alternatively, go east on the Ben Franklin Parkway. At 16th St, bear left onto Arch St. and take the down ramp into the garage.

Computers. The course is heavily hands-on, so you must bring a laptop with UCINET installed. We will use the UCINET software package (version 6.580 or later), which can be downloaded from The software is not free, but can be used on a trial basis for 60 days.  

Click Here for an exercise that you should run after installing UCINET to make sure everything is running correctly.

You will have access to power outlets. WiFi access requires a cell phone (with a US or Canadian carrier) capable of receiving text messages in order to get the log-in password. WiFi service is not guaranteed.

Please note that if your laptop belongs to your organization, it may have been set up in such a way that only the IT department can install software, so this needs to be taken care of before coming to the workshop.

Also note that UCINET is a Windows program and will not run on a Mac except through Boot Camp or a Windows emulator like Parallels. Knowledgeable Mac and Linux users have also been known to successfully run UCINET on WINE, but the instructor is a Windows user and will not be able to help you with this.

Datasets. The datasets we will be using in the workshop are automatically installed when you install UCINET. You are also welcome to bring your own data to work with.

Optional Readings. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of social network analysis. However, you may find it useful to look at a few readings in advance of the workshop. The following are recommended:

  • Borgatti, S. P., Everett, M. G., & Johnson, J. C. (2013). Analyzing social networks. SAGE Publications Ltd. [website]
  • Borgatti, S. P., Mehra, A., Brass, D. J., & Labianca, G. (2009). Network analysis in the social sciences. Science323(5916), 892-895. [published version] [longer pre-pub version]
  • Granovetter, M. S. (1973). The strength of weak ties. American Journal of Sociology, 1360-1380. [jstor]

Food. No food or beverage will be served in this course. If you need coffee, soda, or snacks, we recommend the Express Breakfast & Lunch, across the pedestrian walkway from the entrance to Temple and a little to the right. That store won’t be open on Saturday, so you can go to 7-11 which is located in the same building, but to the left and around the corner. In addition, a new Barnes & Nobles Cafe that serves Starbucks coffee has opened on the ground floor of the Temple building. The Cafe is open on Friday and Saturday.  

For lunch, there are many restaurants in the immediate area. There are two nearby food courts that offer a variety of options:

Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St.

Comcast Center Market
1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

You are welcome to bring your own laptop computer, and outlets will be provided at each seat. 

If you need additional information, please give us a call (610-642-1941) or send an e-mail message to