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A Simple Guide to SPSS® for Political Science, 1st Edition

  • Lee A. Kirkpatrick College of William and Mary
  • Quentin Kidd Christopher Newport University
  • ISBN-10: 1111353794  |  ISBN-13: 9781111353797
  • 144 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $53.25
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A SIMPLE GUIDE TO SPSS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE is a supplemental text the can be used with another statistics or research methods text. Designed for Political Science majors, A SIMPLE GUIDE TO SPSS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE helps students navigate through SPSS while taking a statistics or research methods course. The text includes additional coverage of categorical dependent variables, sample problems, and data sets specifically for Political Science. The American National Election Studies (ANES) database is used for sample problems, providing students with well-known and widely used resources in Political Science.

Features and Benefits

  • A sample problem for each type of analysis. These sample problems are similar to the problems provided at the end of a typical workbook chapter.
  • Instructions for conducting each type of analysis in two ways: The "Syntax Method" (using SPSS command language) and the "Point and Click Method" (using pull-down menus and dialog boxes).
  • Output that is accompanied by simple explanations to help students understand their results.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics.
2. Creating and Saving a Data Set.
3. The ANES 2008 Data Set.
4. Specifying Analyses.
5. Viewing and Manipulating Output.
6. Frequency Distributions and Descriptive Statistics.
7. Making Comparisons.
8. One-Sample t-Test.
9. Independent-Samples t-Test.
10. One-Way Independent-Groups ANOVA.
11. Two-Way Independent-Groups ANOVA.
12. Correlations.
13. Simple Linear Regression.
14. Multiple Linear Regression.
15. Chi-Square Test of Independence.
16. Logistic Regression.
Appendix: Data Transformations.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The book provides a comprehensive review of the key SPSS commands. It methodically walks students through the use of the statistical procedures and provides clear discussions of how to interpret the results. The authors also use excellent and timely empirical examples from the 2008 ANES Data...Yes, I think it would compliment my approach. I spend a great deal of time teaching the students SPSS in class. While I would still devote some time to that, this book would allow me to spend more time on the core course material and have the students learn some of the SPSS basics on their own by reading a book like this."

— Brandon Bartels, George Washington University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lee A. Kirkpatrick

Lee A. Kirkpatrick is Associate Professor of Psychology at the College of William and Mary, where he has taught since 1991. He teaches courses in statistics (introductory and advanced/graduate), research methods, and evolutionary psychology. He received his PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of Denver in 1988.

Quentin Kidd

Quentin Kidd received his PhD in political science from Texas Tech University in 1998. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Government at Christopher Newport University, where he has taught since 1998. He teaches courses in research methods and American political behavior.