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SPSS Training: Tutorials

DataStep's free SPSS training tutorials and statistical selection guide are provided as part of our commitment to the education and research communities. The tutorials and statistical selection guide were originally developed as part of SPSS training sessions for a class in resarch methods in social work at California State University, Sacramento. The tutorials provide an introduction to data editing, management, and analysis using SPSS. The statistical selection guide provides help in choosing statistical tests based on the goal of your data analysis and the characteristics of the dependent and independent variables.

The following links will open SPSS training tutorials in Adobe Acrobat. You can also download the data sets used in the tutorials. The tutorials provide self-paced, step-by-step instruction in the basics of using SPSS® version 11.5. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader and SPSS version 11.5 installed on your computer.

We are in the process of preparing new versions of the tutorials for SPSS 14. Please check back periodically if you are interested in these new tutorials.

Please note: we welcome and encourage feedback. If you find an error in the tutorials or would like something added, please send email to: spss@datstep.com.

To save the tutorial files to your computer's hard disk, click on these links, then save the documents using the Save button on the Acrobat toolbar:

Tutorial: Session1

Tutorial: Session2

To download the data files:

  1. Click on each of the links listed below.
  2. When prompted to Open, Save, or Close, click Save.
  3. Select the folder where you want to save the file, then click Save..
  4. When the download is complete, click Close.

Once you have saved the files, you can open the data files from SPSS as you use the tutorial.

Data file links





SPSS Training: On-site training

In some cases, DataStep staff can provide on-site training at your location. You will need to have a computer lab with SPSS installed on each machine. We will provide all training materials and data sets.

SPSS Training: Statistical selection guide

As part of the SPSS training tutorial, DataStep has developed a preliminary statistical selection guide to help you plan your analysis. The guide identifies the type of analysis and tests most appropriate to the type of data you are using. To download the guide, click:


Save the file by clicking the Save icon on the Adobe Acrobat toolbar.