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Software for Data Analysis: SPSS

Recommended resources (online tutorials and books) for social science data analysis, complied by software packages and level of proficiency.



Excellent graphic user interface makes statistics analysis easier, including many most complex models. At the same time, the package still supports syntax programs which offers flexibility and time-effectiveness.

Where to Find SPSS?

SPSS is installed on every public PC in the library and computer lab (link to software lists), also available from NUworkspace

NUworkspace offers users a Windows virtual desktop with a suite of software applications (including SPSS) for University work.

Finding Data

Where to find the data for your analysis?

Make an Appointment

Set up an appointment to meet with Social Science Data Services staff to discuss your research and learn about one, or more, of the following:

  • what data is available
  • data formatting for analysis
  • using software to analyze data
  • data visualizations


Online Tutorials

Additional online training materials for SPSS are available through Northwestern's partnership with  See the catalog section on Data Analysis and Tutorials.

Recommended Books

Subject Guide

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Anne Zald
Anne Zald
Subjects: Government Information; Social Science Data; Regulatory Compliance
Main Library Room 1214
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