SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS Spiral-bound – 1 May 2013
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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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Any software manual is at the mercy of program updates. SPSS is currently now at version 19, but the book remains largely unaffected by the software's revision. In part this is because it is not a description of every menu and option but deals with real applications of SPSS. For new users, or those who haven't used SPSS for a while, I'd recommend it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to use SPSS for any type of research (especially at undergraduate dissertation level) as it provides really clear and relevant help on all aspects of SPSS from getting to grips with the programme itself through to inputting the data, choosing the right statistic to analyse your data, and of course how to analyse it and interpret the results.
Quite simply, brilliant!
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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