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This LibGuide contains written and illustrated tutorials for the statistical software SPSS.

What's in this guide?

Our written step-by-step tutorials are organized into sections. Users can work through the tutorials in order or skip through to topics of interest.

Section 1: Intro to the SPSS Environment is intended for new users of SPSS. In this section, you'll learn how to:

  • Navigate the SPSS interface using the drop-down menus or syntax;
  • Create a new dataset or import data from a file

Section 2: Working with Data covers data manipulation and cleaning of all kinds. In this section, you'll learn how to:

  • Create, modify, or compute new variables
  • Manipulate a dataset by splitting, merging, or transposing techniques.

Section 3: Exploring the Data is intended for users who have mastered the skills in Section 1 and are ready to begin data analysis. In this section, you'll learn how to:

  • Generate descriptive statistics for numeric variables;
  • Create frequency tables and crosstabulations of categorical variables;
  • Graph the distributions or relationships of variables;
  • Interpret these measures.

Section 4: Analyzing the Data is intended for users who are ready to begin data analysis that incorporates hypothesis testing. In this section, you'll learn how to conduct and interpret various analyses, including:

  • Associations (Chi-Square, Pearson's Correlation)
  • Comparing means (One Sample t Test, Independent Samples t Test, Paired Samples t Test, One-Way ANOVA)
  • Predictive models (Multiple Regression, Logistic Regression, Ordinal Regression)

SPSS Versions and Editions

Our tutorials were first created using SPSS Statistics Standard versions 21 and 22. As of July 2015, they are being updated for SPSS Statistics Standard version 23.

Note: If you use a different version of SPSS (e.g., 20), or a different edition (e.g., premium rather than standard), you may notice differences in SPSS options and features. As a result, you may notice minor discrepancies between the SPSS tutorial content (provided here) and your personal SPSS user experience. In most situations, the tutorial content provides adequate guidance across versions and editions.

Accessing SPSS

Kent State University maintains a campus-specific license for SPSS and AMOS. Please see the Information Services helpdesk site for information about obtaining a license for a University-owned or personally-owned computer.

Most public computer labs on campus have SPSS installed. Information services has a list of public computer lab locations and hours at the Kent campus.

Currently, the licensing agreement only permits SPSS to be used for teaching and research purposes. If you need to use SPSS for any reason outside of teaching or research, please contact Information Services.

Sample Data Files

Our tutorials reference a dataset called "sample" in many examples. If you'd like to download the sample dataset to work through the examples, choose one of the files below:

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Current authors

  • Kristin Yeager
  • Subir Goyal

Past authors

  • Ryan Burke
  • Sarah Samblanet