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SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS [Spiral-bound]

Julie Pallant
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1 May 2013 0335262589 978-0335262588 5
"This is the 'must have' book for anyone who wants to use SPSS."
Julia Robertson, University of Buckinghamshire, UK

"An excellent introduction to using SPSS for data analysis ... It provides a self-contained resource, with more than simply (detailed and clear) step by step descriptions of statistical procedures in SPSS."
Associate Professor George Dunbar, University of Warwick, UK

"The book provides a no nonsense approach to understanding SPSS. With step by step explanations to carrying out data analysis it is a welcome addition to any social science student."
Gail Steptoe Warren, University of Coventry, UK

"Doing statistics is just like following a cooking recipe, you have to do it step by step. This book offers just that, a step by step guide to all of the main statistics you need to learn ... It has become a must havego-to reference text for established researchers and students alike!"
Alison Attrill, De Montfort University, UK

The SPSS Survival Manual throws a lifeline tostudents and researchers grappling with this powerfuldata analysis software.

In her bestselling guide, now covering up to version 21 of the SPSS software, Julie Pallant guides you through the entire research process, helping you choose the rightdata analysis technique for your project. From the formulation of research questions, to the design of the study and analysis of data, to reporting the results, Julie discusses basic and advanced statistical techniques. She outlines each technique clearly, with step by step procedures for performing the analysis, a detailed guide to interpreting data output and an example of how to present the results in a report.

For both beginners and experienced users in psychology, sociology, health sciences, medicine, education, business and related disciplines, the SPSS Survival Manualis an essential text. Illustrated with screen grabs, examples of output and tips, it is supported by a website with sample data and guidelines on report writing.

This fifth edition is fully revised and updated to accommodate changes to IBM SPSS version 21 procedures, screens and output. Additional recommended readings andwebsites have been added.


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  • Spiral-bound: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 5 edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335262589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335262588
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 21.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Julie Pallant has spent many years helping students overcome 'statistics phobia'. She is Associate Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Studies in the Rural Health Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a counselling psychologist, and has taught psychology, statistics and research methods at a number of universities.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide for beginner and intermediates! 16 Aug 2013
By AH
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is very clear and easy to understand. Very little statistical knowledge is required to progress through the text, as key concepts are well defined in the introductions to each section. This book would be perfect for undergraduates who are just starting with statistics, but could also be a helpful quick reference to have around for those with more advanced statistical knowledge. There are some higher level statistical techniques that are not covered in this text that other books may touch on (multilevel modelling for example) - however, this book is aimed at those just starting out with SPSS and statistics and covers the major analyses typically encountered in research or coursework.

Although parts of the book can be a bit text heavy, a step-by-step how to is included for each statistical test outlined in the book so it is possible to skip ahead if needed (and it is still less text heavy than other stats/SPSS books I have used!)

There are also detailed instructions on how to interpret the output of your analyses, including information on how to present the results, which are ideal for those who do not have much experience with scientific publications or scientific writing style.

I was particularly pleased to see a section regarding how to choose the correct statistical test to use, as many undergraduate courses (and even masters courses) gloss over this process.

The spiral binding allows for the book to be laid open on your desk, which is quite helpful as you're working through an analysis. The cover is a bit flimsy though, and easily bent/tattered - would have been good to have a hardback (although more expensive).

Overall, this book is a great resource for £30. I would definitely recommend to anyone starting out with SPSS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for worried students 23 Sep 2013
Format:Spiral-bound
I have taught research methods to both first year and second year psychology students. I have also supervised a number of dissertation students. In my experience it is statistical analysis that often causes the most concern to students. This text offers a straight forward guide to using SPSS, beginning with the basics of data entry. The book covers the quantitative statistical tests that undergraduate students are likely to come across, conveying information in an easy to understand manner. I would certainly recommend this to students who are struggling with research methods, or perhaps need some additional confidence.

It should be noted that the text addresses statistical analysis in SPSS only, so students needing more detail on research design, data collection etc will need to acquire a supplemental source of information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant beginners guide! 7 Aug 2013
Format:Spiral-bound
This book provides an excellent introduction to using SPSS for data analysis. The book begins with an overview of study design and preparing your data file. It then moves on to providing a very practical guide to analysis. It explains when you would use particular statistics and provides a clear procedure to follow in order to conduct the analysis. Additionally it provides a detailed overview of how to interpret and report the statistics. I particularly liked the focus given to non-parametric statistics which many books only gloss over, however it was a bit strange to see them before the parametric stats.

The book provides very clear examples making this an invaluable resource for undergraduate students. It is a bit text heavy and more illustrations could have been used to break up the text but the explanations are clear and very straightforward.

Overall I feel the book is an excellent beginners guide and is perfect for undergraduate students. So for those looking to delve a bit deeper into statistics then this book may not be for you. Nonetheless it makes for a handy addition to anyones stats book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for undergraduate projects 30 May 2013
By PollyB
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Finding this book very helpful while trying to learn SPSS for my dissertation. It's spiral bound so you can keep it open easily - really useful while at the computer. It's not too heavy to carry around (e.g. to lectures) and it's well laid out. I would recommend it particularly to undergraduate students.
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By PP
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I've loved this book since I was a student myself and it helped me a lot with my statistical analysis. I still recommend it to students now and keep it to check back for details sometimes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery 22 Mar 2014
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
The book makes my life and SPSS seem a lot easier, its written in simple English so its very easy to comprehend. Would definitely recommend. (:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the anxiety out of SPSS 6 Mar 2014
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What a great book - really well laid out and well written. It does have limitations but these are clearly acknowledged and appropriate references for further information are always provided. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good 21 Feb 2014
By tamara
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really simple to follow steps for those who find SPSS difficult. Quick postage. Excellent purchase. Would definitely recommend to anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its a good reference book especially who are into statistic analysis. I definitely recommend this to my friends
Published 14 days ago by Zu Zainal
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Very good book and fast delivery
Published 16 days ago by celine prema muthukumaran
4.0 out of 5 stars an easy to read step by step guide
an easy to read step by step guide. Very useful for those new to quantitative data analysis or for those who need reminding.
Published 2 months ago by Tracey Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book; loaded with useful information.
Great book; loaded with useful information. Valuable as a supplement or stand alone text.
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Masses of good information, but presented in a very clear way. The contents are nicely structured, so you can find what you need easily. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MR JOHN WALMSLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I liked the screenshots of the web pages.

I liked the step by step guide, this I felt suited people with limited knowledge of SPSS or who do not use it often, could be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pat Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide to SPSS
This is a great and handy book on SPSS and covers a range of topics in SPSS. The book is split into 5 easy to use sections and covers topics from how to get started using SPSS to... Read more
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