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The Research Commons now offers SPSS Software Support.

SPSS is a software package used for statistical analysis. SPPS is an acronym for "Statistical Package for the Social Sciences" and it is used for:

  • Data entry and manipulation
  • Statistical summaries and analysis
  • Output graphs, charts, and tables

Consultation Services

Come in to the Research Commons and let us help with practical questions you may have about SPSS, such as: how to produce data files; how to organize and manipulate data; how to carry out statistical computations: data analysis could include descriptive statistics (e.g. Cross tabulation, Frequencies); bivariate statistics (e.g. Means, t-test, ANOVA, Correlation, Nonparametric tests) and prediction for numerical outcomes (e.g. Linear or logistic regression).

We can assist you with using SPSS software to perform your analysis. If you have questions about statistical analysis methodology, please visit the Department of Statistics' Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory (SCARL) website for information.

To book a one-on-one consultation appointment, please fill out the following request form: Research Commons Consultation Form.

Did you have a one-on-one consultation with a member of our team? We'd love to get your feedback - just fill out our short Research Commons Student Feedback Form.


SPSS workshops are each offered four times per semester. Workshop times and locations, as well as registration, is available through the Library Workshops and Events Calendar.

The series includes:

SPSS (Part 1) - Basic SPSS: Environment, Data Entry and One Variable Analysis

Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be used to manage and analyze your data? In this introductory-level SPSS workshop, you will learn how to enter your survey data, experimental data or other sources of data into SPSS, and how to summarise, graph and present your data with SPSS. In addition to learning how to enter, summarize and present your data with SPSS, you will also learn how to do one-variable tests for the purpose of inferential statistics. Join us for this workshop and learn the basics that will help you harness this powerful tool!

Download the slides and handout:

Slides Handout

SPSS (Part 2) - SPSS Data Management and Bivariate Analysis

Did you know that effective data management is critical to data display and analysis? SPSS is a user-friendly software that doesn't require you to write any code - SPSS can do this for you with just a few clicks. Once you are equipped with the skills of manipulating data, you will be more confident with proceeding to analyze your data. Further to the analysis covered in SPSS (Part 1) - Basic SPSS, this workshop will focus on bivariate analysis. Register today, and learn how to manage your data effectively and analyze your data hassle-free!

Download the slides, handout, sheet of resources and a dataset that will be used in the workshop:

Slides Handout Resource Sheet Driving task

Did you attend one of our workshops? We'd love to get your feedback! Just fill out our short Research Commons Student Feedback Form.

SPSS Software

Koerner Library 217

Room 217 provides access to PC workstations with a wide range of software, including SPSS. The room is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis any time that Koerner Library is open and there isn't a class being held in the room. To check room availability, please check the calendar of events. For more information, please see our K217 web page.

Data/GIS Lab

ArcGIS Suite and statistical software (including SPSS, R, and Stata) are available in the Data/GIS Lab in Koerner Library, Room 218A (second floor). The lab is available Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm on a first-come-first-served basis for those needing access to GIS and statistical software. Inquire at the Research Commons desk to be let in to the lab. Keys are no longer available for the room, and applications are no longer required.

Please note: During certain hours, the lab is used for Research Commons consulting. During these times, there will be fewer computers available, and there will be conversations in the room. For Research Commons hours, please see the Consultations tab on the Research Commons homepage.

Video Tutorials

SPSS Tutorial Series

1. Creating a Categorical Variable

2. Selecting Variables

3. Split Files

4. Compute Variables

5. Recode

6. Describe a continuous (scale) variable

7. Frequency

8. Cross Tabulation

9. Student T-Test

10. Anova Test

11. Correlation

12. Parametric and non-parametric student t-test

13. Parametric and non-parametric Anova test