SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS Spiral-bound – 1 May 2013
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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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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!
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.
The book is written in a accessible way and when reading it you never feel out of your depth reading it. There are also a lot of images in the book (e.g. of output, graphs, tables) allowing you to see what exactly should be appearning on the computer screen when you work through the content of the book - this is really useful - helping users to spot easily if they've made any errors. The chapters also have additional examples that readers can work through to get some practice and there is some really good online content that goes along with the book.
This a very useful book. It is easy to use, accessible to read and has a lot of examples to help as well. Bearing this in mind it is definetly a 5 star book.
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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Book came exactly as advertised. Wouldn't be able to do my dissertation without it.Published 6 days ago by Joanne
As a first year psychology undergrad (I'm now in my final year), I was advised to get this book by one of my university tutors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Student
This book is ok but really its not the step by step that I really wanted. There are no clear instructions but to be honest it reads like you have to know ever single aspect of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lewis
This book is a lifesaver! I have used this book so much in the analysis phase of my PhD that it looks like it's been through a war zone - and it has! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jenninedinburgh
This is the best book there is on using SPSS if you are a begginer or want to try out new tests. At the start of each section on a test there's a crucial "what you need"... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JJ
I was recommended by my dissertation supervisor to buy this book, as I was doing a quantitative research. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Assica D.
Amazing book! Even if English is not your native language, you'll be able to understand how SPSS works and to conduct your own quantitative research.Published 5 months ago by Alexey Ayupov
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