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Building SPSS Graphs to Understand Data

Building SPSS Graphs to Understand Data

April 2012 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Building SPSS Graphs to Understand Data is a must-have for anyone needing to understand large or small amounts of data. It describes how to build and interpret graphs, showing how "understanding data" means that the graph must clearly and succinctly answer questions about the data. In most chapters, research questions are presented, and the reader builds the appropriate graph needed to answer the questions.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Graphical Presentation of Data
Chapter 2. Simple Bar Graph
Chapter 3. Stacked Bar Graph
Chapter 4. Clustered Bar Graph
Chapter 5. Pie Graph
Chapter 6. Simple Line Graph
Chapter 7. Multiple Line Graph
Chapter 8. Simple Histogram
Chapter 9. Population Pyramid
Chapter 10. 1-D Boxplot
Chapter 11. Simple Boxplot
Chapter 12. Clustered Boxplot
Chapter 13. Simple Scatterplot
Chapter 14. Grouped Scatterplot
Chapter 15. High-Low Graphs
Chapter 16. Paneling on One Dimension
Chapter 17. Paneling on Two Dimensions
Chapter 18. Deceptive Graphing Examples
Chapter 19. Summary
Appendix A. SPSS Basic Information
Appendix B. Answers to Chapter Exercises
Appendix C. Chapters and SPSS Databases Used
Appendix D. Graph Selection - Type and Purpose

This book is an excellent tutorial for students that are anxious about using SPSS for graph development.

Dr Krisstal Clayton
Psychology Dept, Western Kentucky University
February 4, 2014

The content is very useful for dissertation students, but the focus on graphical presentation is too narrow for it to qualify as essential reading.

Mr Roger Byatt
Portsmouth Business School, Portsmouth University
October 28, 2013

This is a really excellent guide for students in how to prepare graphs using SPSS which students often struggle with

Dr Lyvonne Tume
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
October 10, 2013

An excellent description of methods in SPSS to help students understand their data!

Dr Sunjeev Kamboj
Research Department of Clinical, Eductional and Health Psychology, University College London
September 11, 2013

A superb additional text for students wishing to improve their SPSS skills.

Dr Joseph Vella
cor, University of Malta
August 15, 2013

This book is amazing, it introduce new ways of graphs that I didn't saw before but I prefer it with colors... may be for next edition. however the idea of non-color book for publication is brilliant.

Mr Ossama Zaqqout
Clinical Nursing, Palestine College of Nursing
May 20, 2013

I never received a copy of this book, despite notifying you several times.

Dr Pauline Meskell
School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway
May 8, 2013

Essential for any novice researcher, it provides a step by step guide on using SPSS and building graphs.

Miss Emma Morris
School of Education, Newman University College
March 25, 2013

A useful book that will help students generate appropriate graphs for their projects.

Dr Ivan Gee
Fac of Health & Applied Social Scienc, Liverpool John Moores University
February 7, 2013

It’s a very useful Book.

Mr Peter Fuchs
Faculty of Psychology & Sport Science, Bielefeld University
December 11, 2012
Key features


  • Presents research questions about each specific database in the early part of the chapter, and later shows how the graph answers the research questions
  • Includes a unique tool to help choose the appropriate graph, helping the reader relate the graph to the type of data and questions to be answered
  • Provides easy-to-follow instructions for building 45 graphs—an additional 152 are illustrated
  • Uses SPSS Version 20 or most earlier versions to build the graphs

Sample Materials & Chapters


ch 3

ch 11

ch 1

For instructors

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