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UBC Research Commons: SPSS

Workshop Materials

SPSS: Environment, Data Entry and One Variable Analysis

SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a software program used by researchers in various disciplines for quantitative analysis of complex data. This introductory level SPSS workshop introduces SPSS environment, basic data preparation and management, descriptive statistics, and common statistical analysis (T-test, ANOVA, correlation, regression). Hands-on-activity with example data is provided to learn these basics. This workshop is a good start for people who are new to SPSS and help you harness this useful analysis tool. Join us for this workshop and start your data analysis with SPSS!

Additional Resources

SPSS for Beginners

  • SPSS Statistics Essential Training - Tutorial via This is a subscription site: you should have access via your local public library, e.g. Vancouver Public Library, if you have a library card. 
  • SPSS On-Line Training Workshop - Central Michigan U.  A long list of frequent functionalities of SPSS for beginners.  
  • Statistics How To -This list gives you the basic tools to get you started with SPSS in a step-by-step format. 

How to Create Statistical Analysis

  • Learning and Teaching with ICPSR - The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) provides rich data resources in order to advance and expand social and behavioural research. 
  • Data Analysis Examples with IDRE - The IDRE (Institute for Digital Research & Education) provide hypothetical data in order to illustrate different statistical analysis techniques using different software packages.

Running Statistical Tests

Interpreting SPSS Outputs

Need more help? You can also check out the "Help" tab within SPSS (when running the software). Look specifically for Tutorial, Case Studies, and Statistics Coach under the Help tab.

Finding Data Guide

Need help finding and accessing data?  

Check out the Finding Data Guide for a basic overview of data sources in various subject areas. 


SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students)

Questions about statistical analysis methodology?

Please visit Statistical Opportunity for Students for information on how to sign up for a free one-hour consultation with a statisics consultant from the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group in the Department of Statistics.

How are we doing? Let us know!

Did you attend one of our workshops or have a one-on-one consultation with a member of our team? We'd love to get your feedback!

SPSS Software in Koerner Library

Koerner, Room 217, Computer Lab
SPSS, R, NVivo

Koerner Library, Room 218A, Data/GIS Lab*
ArcGIS Suite, SPSS, R, NVivo, and Stata

Woodward Library, Room B25, Computer Lab
SPSS, R, NVivo

For a more detailed description of our software, visit our Rooms & Software page. 

* There is quiet conversation in this room during our consultation hours.