Annotated Further Reading

Cunningham, J.B. and Aldrich, J.O. (2016) Using IBM SPSS Statistics: An Interactive Hands-On Approach. London: Sage.
See chapters 1 and 2 for getting to know the SPSS environment and chapter 3 for information on importing, inputting and exporting data. Gives step-by-step point-and-click instructions with screenshots but takes an entirely menu-driven approach; in other words, no discussion of syntax.

IBM SPSS Statistics Coach ( spss/statcoach/statcoach_main.html).
You can change version easily to the version of SPSS you are using. This will walk you through a series of questions to help you determine which function to carry out. Because it is based on a series of questions where you have to choose between options, this is useful when there is a clear-cut answer but will not highlight situations when there is more than one way that you might go about your analysis.

IBM SPSS Statistics Command Syntax Reference (­center/en/SSLVMB_24.0.0/statistics_reference_project_ddita-gentopic2.html).
This is also accessible through Help > Command Syntax Reference within the software windows. Provides information about every syntax command, including the rules that must be followed for that command. Very useful as a reference guide but not straightforward for getting started.

Pallant, J. (2016) SPSS Survival Manual. London: McGraw-Hill Education.
See chapters 1 to 5 for content related to getting started and inputting or importing data. Provides more information than most texts about preparing and entering your own data into SPSS. Good for helping you to produce statistics but weaker on understanding what your out­puts mean. Discusses syntax and provides the syntax for many of the tasks, though usually in Paste format rather than discussing shortened syntax or unnecessary commands.

Various (2016) ‘Replication forum’, International Studies Perspectives, 17 (4): 361–475. (https://
Discusses the importance of replication.