1. How to import a file from Excel to SPSS - be sure to Save As your Excel 2007 file in the Excel 97-2003 Workbook, because SPSS is not capable of importing Excel 2007 format files. Practice Excel workbook with three different worksheets. We will use Independent Sample T-Test on the data. 2. How to recode variables - it is usually best to recode variables into a different variable. 3. Link to cntry15.sav SPSS data set. Link to country.sav SPSS data set. 4. How to do variable and value labels. 5. How to run basic stats - chi-square, t-test, ANOVA, correlation, regression. 7. The URL to get the SCL (Statistical Consulting Lab) home page is: http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL 8. Send email to: jacobson@cs.uni.edu if you want to make an appointment for help on your research in the future.

The best book ever written for both learning SPSS and for understanding statistics and the practice of research is by Marija J. Norusis. The title of the book is: SPSS 16.0 Guide to Data Analysis, but older editions of the book are fine for learning SPSS too. The changes from SPSS since version 12 onward are minor enough you could easily get by with an older edition of the textbook. Remember, much of the book is about the data analysis too.