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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference, 25 Mar. 2011
This review is from: SPSS Survival Manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS (Spiral-bound)
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This most recent edition of Julie Pallant's SPSS bible (I had an earlier version as a student many moons ago) continues to combine a number of essential elements: clear explanations of different use cases for SPSS; guides on interpreting the (often voluminous and poorly labelled) output; and example data files (from real studies) to practice on. Obviously this has been upgraded for more recent versions of SPSS (which for some reason have got worse interfaces since being acquired by IBM), but most significantly for daily use, the whole book is in a spiral-bound format rather than a traditional paperback or hardback textbook. Anyone who has actually tried to work from a computer while reading from a reference manual next to them should appreciate this concession to practitioners - who owns a paperweight anymore?

If I had PhD students, this would be their welcome gift on their first day. Essential.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2011 01:26:56 BDT
Er....I do, but as the paper-weight isn't effective in holding down my text book pages, the comment about spiral binding is very helpful. Thank you!

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 21:16:55 BDT
KD says:
I agree, and as a new doctoral student, I couldn't agree more! I just finished doing hierarchical multiple regression analysis on longitudinal data, and the head of my department said that I was "dead on" procedurally. I couldn't agree more that this book is invaluable and has also helped me to understand SAS output more (as well as SPSS), and I have the newest version of SPSS. Any other book suggestions that you might recommend would be extremely appreciated! Thanks!
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