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Basic SPSS Tutorial

Basic SPSS Tutorial

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February 2015 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This supplementary book for the social, behavioral, and health sciences helps readers with no prior knowledge of IBM® SPSS® Statistics, statistics, or mathematics learn the basics of SPSS. Designed to reduce fear and build confidence, the book guides readers through point-and-click sequences using clear examples from real scientific research and invites them to replicate the findings. Relevant outcomes are provided for reference, and exercises at the end of Chapters 2 – 5 provide additional practice. After reading the book and using the program, readers will come away with a basic knowledge of the most commonly used procedures in statistics.

Chapter 1: Statistics Program SPSS
What Is SPSS?  
The Purpose of SPSS  
Structure of the Book  
Fictitious Data Set  
Using the Windows in SPSS  
Using SPSS Windows  
SPSS File Types  
Chapter 2: SPSS Files
Open SPSS Files  
Create and Modify Data Files  
Load Excel Files  
Save SPSS Files  
Chapter 3: Data Modifications
Recode Variables  
Create New Variables  
Select Cases  
Split Files  
Chapter 4: Descriptive Statistics
Frequency Tables  
Pie Charts  
Graphs With Chart Builder  
Contingency Tables  
Export to Word Processing Programs  
Chapter 5: Inferential Statistics
Associations in Contingency Tables  
Binomial Test for a Proportion  
One Sample t-test  
t-Test for Comparing Two Groups  
Analysis of Variance  
Regression Analysis  


Companion Website
The companion website features data sets and suggested assignments to promote in-depth engagement with course material.

Well done and the screenshots are very helpful. Easy to follow, well-organized, and covers what I need covered over the course of a semester.

Patrick V. Kelly, Saint Louis University

This text does a very good job covering basic descriptive and inferential data analysis using SPSS.

Ayana Conway, Virginia State University

Terrific book! Wish my college could use SPSS programming.

Mr Vicky Krug
Psychology Dept, California University Of Pa
January 11, 2016

Text not as thorough as previous text

Dr Rosalyn Davis
Psychology, Indiana University-Kokomo
September 18, 2015

This is a very useful, relevant and practical book for our students, e.g.
Basic level
Easy to understand
Practice activities linked to available sample data set.
Will recommended purchase of copies for library. Note, students will generally use library copies.

Dr Neil Evans
School of Built Environment, Leeds Beckett University
July 8, 2015

Very practical and user-friendly introduction to SPSS. Perfect for an introductory research methods class that covers SPSS but does not require prior knowledge of statistics.

Dr Magdala Labre
Journalism Dept, University Of Florida
May 22, 2015
Key features


  • An accessible presentation fills the need for practical coverage of SPSS basics that is easy to understand.
  • A “learning by doing” approach helps students master SPSS.
  • Special text boxes walk students through the “how-tos” of each command.
  • A large number of screenshots allow students to visualize each step.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Front Matter

Chapter 2

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