We will officially open the week of 9/22.

If you have questions or need help before then, please email erl@barnard.edu and someone will follow up to make an appointment with you!

Our schedule isn't set yet (our staff are still shopping around for classes too!), but we will be open all weekdays, some evenings, and even Sunday afternoon! Exact hours will be posted on our calendar as soon as we set them. 

Thanks for stopping by!
~ The ERL staff


Details about the ERL

The recently created Empirical Reasoning Lab (ERL) is a new initiative supported by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation designed to provide infrastructural support for empirical reasoning across the curriculum.


What is Empirical Reasoning?

Empirical Reasoning is the process of critical inquiry that can lead to some of the following questions:

  • What is the topic being discussed and why?
  • What quantitative and/or qualitative data can be used to address the topic?
  • What methods should be used to analyze the data?
  • What do the results tell us and how does that relate to the ongoing conversation about the topic?


The ERL provides

Training & Technical Assistance

The ERL offers training for statistical analysis, textual analysis, and geographical information systems software. We support both Macs and PCs.

Individual Guidance

The ERL can help individuals through each stage of the research process from basic research design and formulating hypotheses to data analysis and visualization to interpreting and presenting results. 

Classroom Support

The ERL supports courses with supplementary training sessions focusing on using analysis software, finding appropriate datasets, and interpreting and understanding the narrative of quantitative and qualitative data.


The ERL is


We're a team of librarians, graduate lab assistants, affiliated faculty, and undergraduate Empirical Reasoning Fellows dedicated to supporting empirical reasoning across the curriculum. See the About us page for more information.


We offer training, online tutorials, and consultations for working with quantitative and qualitative data in research and in the classroom. For questions or to make an appointment, email us at erl@barnard.edu.


The ERL is located in 200 Lehman, on the 2nd floor of the library (at the south end of the building, or to the right when you exit the stairs/elevator). Hours for walk-ins can be found on our calendar. Our tutorials can be found on our Tutorials page


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