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“The research process, particularly the data entry and data analysis stages, always takes longer than expected, so allow plenty of time for this”

Julie Pallant, SPSS Survival Manual

IBM® SPSS® Statistics offers rich statistical capabilities paired with features that make it easier to access and manage data, select and perform analyses and share results.

SPSS Statistics supports the entire analytical process. It helps people validate assumptions faster, guiding them in using the right statistical capability at the right time. It also gives analysts flexible access to powerful analytical techniques, whatever their level of expertise.


Downloading SPSS

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University of Hull students and staff can install SPSS on their own machines, free of charge, using the instructions link and instructions on the Software for Home Use page of the ICT department's SharePoint Site.

(Sign in required and confirmation that you are using it for academic purposes.)

Features and benefits

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  • Over 50 different statistic tests
  • Easy to navigate interface
  • No need to understand coding or syntax
  • The ability to build customisable charts
  • Data and output files kept separately to avoid mistakes
  • Easy import from Excel and Jisc Online Surveys

Getting started with IBM SPSS Statistics

It is useful to think about how you intend to use SPSS before you start collecting and inputting data. Forethought into the research process can help you collect and input data in the best format for SPSS. As a complicated program, it is recommended that you review one of the online tutorials or books referenced on this page.

As SPSS is only a computer aid to your research process, you should also consult your supervisor regarding any analysis to ensure you are using best practice for your discipline.

Recommended resources


Laerd Statistics

This is our go-to site for anything related to statistics and SPSS. It has an excellent statistical test selector and easy to follow step-by-step guidance to show how to carry each test out in SPSS.

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Whilst it is not free, student pricing is only £5.99 for three months so it can be an excellent investments during the data analysis stage of your research project.


Khan Academy

This is an excellent resource covering all aspects of statistics and probability. It is not about SPSS but can help you understand the principles behind the tests you are using.

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IBM Knowledge Center

This links to the tutorials page of IBM's support pages. You may also find the Case Studies link useful too.

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