# Software

ESDS Analysis guides provide downloadable PDF and Word files for workbooks that introduce students to SPSS for Windows (v15), Stata and NESSTAR, as well as guides for weighting, analysing change over time and working with data files (including hierarchical data, matching files and pooling data).

**SPSS**

The SPSS website has a range of material, though registration is required to access it. There are some useful PowerPoint slides on using SPSS, and some tutorial exercises and assignments, with datasets to work from. There are also some very old video files from the University of Michigan, using SPSS v9, however there is better video material on some of the following sites.

SPSS Online Training Workshop

A suite of videos and tutorials on SPSS, from a basic introduction, through data manipulation and management through data analysis to the production of different forms of output.

UCLA Academic Technology Services: Resources to help you learn and use SPSS

An alternative set of very comprehensive pages including class notes, videos and tutorials on SPSS produced by UCLA.

Social Science Research and Instructional Center

California State University has produced a set of downloadable PDF chapters with exercises based around a downloadable data file drawn from the US General Social Survey 2006.

ESDS produces a range of materials:

ESDS research methods guides

A guide to SPSS v16 for Windows using the Health Survey for England.

How to guide: Survey Data Analysis for your Dissertation (ESDS Government)

There are three workbooks which takes students through all the stages of secondary data analysis that they would need in order to produce a dissertation. The topics are:

- Fear of crime (using the British Crime Survey teaching dataset)
- Exploring differences in Health (using the Health Survey for England teaching dataset)
- Attitudes towards same sex relations (using the British Social Attitudes Survey 2005)

X4L - SDiT (Survey Data in Teaching)

The X4L.SDiT project produced six modules in PDF format using the BCS 2000 teaching dataset. It includes instruction on how to use NESSTAR.

Caucasus Research Resource Centers online tutorials

A guide to using SPSS which uses data from the *Caucasus Barometer* survey includes demonstrations of the data editor window, producing frequency and contingency tables, recoding variables, and other topics. Further information and support tutorials are also available.

**Introductions to SPSS: YouTube**

There are around 2,000 videos featuring SPSS on YouTube. They are of very uneven quality, but even if none of them does exactly what you might want, they can be useful for giving you ideas on producing your own (using eg Adobe Captivate or any other screen capture or video software).

The following are some of the better examples to look at (from Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota):

- SPSS Video Clip 1 College of Liberal Arts
- SPSS Video Clip 2 College of Liberal Arts - uses the US General Social Survey 2006
- SPSS Video Clip 3 College of Liberal Arts - deals with missing values
- SPSS Video Clip 4 College of Liberal Arts - deals with summary descriptive statistics

OK on the very basic operations of how to open SPSS, on the data view and variable view modes, inputting data and constructing a frequency table, but uses SAT scores and other US specific terminology. Each video is 10 to 15 minutes long.

Intro to SPSS

Captivate video introducing SPSS, although it moves rather slowly and does not use any data as an example. The same author has short videos on T tests and Anova.

Chi-Square analysis on SPSS

How to produce a contingency table, with expected as well as observed data and a chi square test using an example of gender and exclusion from school. (Although doesn't explain why a level of .05 significance is used.) The same author has a series of videos on how to run simple and multiple linear regression.

Correlation Coefficients in SPSS/PASW

How to produce correlation coefficients in SPSS using the World95 dataset (supplied with SPSS) from the sample datasets supplied with SPSS. Deals with menus, output windows, as well as the procedure itself. The author has around 30 other videos dealing with ANOVA, regression and other procedures.

**PSPP**

http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/

PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a Free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS, and appears very similar to it. PSPP can perform descriptive statistics, T-tests, linear regression and non-parametric tests. Its backend is designed to perform its analyses as fast as possible, regardless of the size of the input data. You can use PSPP with its graphical interface or syntax commands.

**NESSTAR**

http://www.esds.ac.uk/support/a2.asp

Using Nesstar, users can search for, locate, browse, analyse, visualise and download a variety of survey data. No specialised software is required - just a web browser.

The Nesstar catalogue contains many large-scale datasets, for example, the Labour Force Survey, and academic surveys such as the British Social Attitudes Survey and the National Child Development Study. It also contains a number of datasets specifically created for teaching purposes.

**STATA**

http://www.stata.com/links/resources-for-learning-stata/

STATA site guide to variety of web resources

http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

Resources to help you learn and use STATA from UCLA.

http://www.princeton.edu/wwac/academic-review/stata/507c/stata_guide.pdf

A quick guide to STATA by Liz Foster

**R**

http://scs.math.yorku.ca/index.php/R:_Getting_started_with_R

Includes links to wide range of R introductions

http://www.twotorials.com/

A guide to R via a series of zany two minute videos