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Basic SPSS Tutorial

Basic SPSS Tutorial

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
September 19, 2015

Text not as thorough as previous text

Dr Rosalyn Davis
Psychology, Indiana University-Kokomo
January 29, 2016

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Front Matter

Chapter 2

Manfred te Grotenhuis

Manfred te Grotenhuis (PhD, Sociology, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) is an associate professor of quantitative data analysis at Radboud University Nijmegen and an affiliate of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). He does research and teaching in inferential statistics, age-period-cohort models, multilevel modeling, event history analysis, and SPSS syntax. Grotenhuis has published extensively in a wide variety of journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Demography, and the International Journal of Epidemiology. He has been teaching statistics... More About Author

Anneke Matthijssen

Anneke Matthijssen (MSc in Educational Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) first had a career as a medical analyst. During her study and after graduating from the Radboud University, she was involved in teaching statistics. Since 2008 she has been working as a policy adviser/institutional researcher in the Strategy and Development Department at Radboud University. In this position, Matthijssen provides the board and faculties with management information on education and research. She is also chairwoman of the Dutch Association for Institutional Researchers in which policy advisers of... More About Author

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