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 beginner 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;
- Create, modify, or compute new variables, including numeric, character, and date-time variables;
- Manipulate a dataset by splitting, merging, or transposing techniques.
Section 2: 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 3: 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 created using IBM SPSS Statistics versions 20 and 21, standard edition.
Note: If you use a different version of SPSS (e.g., 22), 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.
Most public computer labs on campus have SPSS installed. See this page for a list of public computer lab locations and hours.
Kent State University maintains a campus-specific license for SPSS and AMOS; please see this page on the IS website for information about obtaining a license for a University-owned or personal computer.
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:
For More Information
This page is managed by Statistical and Qualitative Software Instruction and Consulting Services (SQSICS).
If you'd like to set up an appointment for consulting or request an in-class workshop, please see the SQSICS LibGuides page.