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The following online texts are freely available:
Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey: Statistics. There are three versions -- one for use with SPSS, a second for use with PSPP* and a third for use with SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis)**.
Intended for instructors teaching an introductory class in statistics. The exercises were written so each exercise is independent of the others and any one exercise can be used even if the other exercises are not used. There is one exception. Exercises 14, 15, and 16 all focus on regression and are best used as a unit. Because the first 13 exercises are written to stand alone there is often duplication across the exercises. If you use several of the exercises together you may want to edit them to remove this duplication or to add material of your own.
*The creators of PSPP describe it as "a [f]ree replacement for the proprietary program SPSS." It has a look and feel similar to SPSS, and many but not all of its capabilities. For more information on PSPP, visit the PSPP website, or download our handouts, “Notes on Using PSPP” and “Differences between PSPP and SPSS.”
**The creators of SDA describe it as "a set of programs for the documentation and Web-based analysis of survey data." For more information on SDA, visit the SDA website, or download our handout, "Notes on Using SDA."
This book is intended for those who want to learn the basics of SPSS (Version 23). For other SPSS resources, see the SSRIC's "Links to Other Instructional Sites".
The book can be used as a text in a class or by those working independently. It was written as a tutorial. 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 and more exercises and teaching modules at this same web site. Two datasets accompany the text. Text and datasets are available for free download.
In order to use the software that you will need for this book, you will either have to purchase SPSS or to find a computer laboratory in which SPSS has been installed. Most colleges and universities have labs where you can use SPSS. If you purchase a license for SPSS, we suggest you buy the Graduate Pack.
SPSS for Windows 22: A Basic Tutorial is still available.
Last updated: September 29, 2016