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A guide to SPSS statistical software, including tutorials and other information

SPSS @ Wellesley

SPSS is available for installation on student computers: PCs | Macs

SPSS 22 is available on all classroom and lab computers on campus.

Want to use SPSS off-campus? Install it on your laptop (while on campus), and then use the VPN to log in and access SPSS off campus. Visit the VPN help page for instructions.

For help installing SPSS or setting up the VPN, visit the Help Desk in Clapp Library or email

Other Helpful Websites for Learning SPSS

Organizing Your Data

Organizing Folders

  1. Create a new folder for your class. Name it without spaces (e.g., PSYC203-F13).
  2. Create 2 new folders in your class folder: one for assignments and one for your final project.
  3. Save your data files to the appropriate folders within your class folder.

Naming Files

-Adopt consistent file naming conventions!

-Name your files something that alludes to their content or purpose.

Example 1: Data for a class's second lab. Poor choice: mydata.sav Better name: lab2experiment.sav

Example 2: You download US census data for your final project for the year 2000; name it census00.sav. Then you create a subset containing only women ages 18-30; name it census00fem.sav.

-If you have multiple versions of the same file, add increasing numbers to the end of the file (e.g., census00v2, census00v3, etc). If you go back and make changes to an earlier version of the file, save a copy with the next highest number (e.g., census00v4).

SPSS Help On Campus

SPSS & Stata Office Hours
Last day: 11/24
Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Research & Instruction Suite (outside 218a) at Clapp Library

No OH on 10/13, 10/27