IBM SPSS Statistics, Version 28: A Basic Tutorial.



This book is intended for those who want to learn the basics of SPSS. It can be used as a text in a class or by those working independently. Each chapter has instructions that guide you through a series of problems, as well as graphics showing you what your screen should look like at various steps in the process. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter for further practice. More exercises and teaching modules are on the Teaching Resources page of the Social Science Research and Instructional Center (SSRIC) website.

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    Edward Nelson

    For this edition, Nelson is the principal author of chapters 2-6, and 10. Korey is the principal author of chapters 7-9. Nelson and Korey are the joint co-authors of Chapter 1. Contributors to previous editions have also included Nan Chico (CSU East Bay), Linda Fiddler (Bakersfield), Laura Hecht (CSU Bakersfield), Elizabeth Nelson (CSU Fresno), James Ross (CSU Bakersfield), and Richard A. Shaffer (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).

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    Ed Nelson
    John Korey



    • Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction to SPSS
    • Chapter 2: Creating, Saving and Opening Data Files
    • Chapter 3: Transforming Data
    • Chapter 4: Univariate Statistics
    • Chapter 5: Cross Tabulations
    • Chapter 6: Comparing Means
    • Chapter 7: Correlation and Regression
    • Chapter 8: Multivariate Analysis
    • Chapter 9: Presenting Your Data
    • Chapter 10: Writing Research Reports
    • Appendices – Codebooks

    Updated: September 2022