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Field Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS

Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics, 5th Edition
Andy Field

With an exciting new look, new characters to meet, and its unique combination of humour and step-by-step instruction, this award-winning book is the statistics lifesaver for everyone. From initial theory through to regression, factor analysis and multilevel modelling, Andy Field animates statistics and SPSS software with his famously bizarre examples and activities.

A rich complement of online instructor resources include lecture slides and test questions designed to support your teaching, and can be used flexibly alongside the textbook (log in required). Download a free sample (pptx).

Students have access to a wide range of learning resources, including quizzes, videos, datasets and more. They are approached through characters from the book, bringing statistics to life and supporting deep learning and understanding of key concepts.


Meet some of the characters...

Field Sam

Field Brian

Field Alex

Field Jane




Practise data modelling with input and output
files and datasets for R, SAS, SPSS and Mplus

Statistical Methods for the Social and Behavioural Sciences
David B. Flora


Read an introduction to social network analysis, solve end of chapter problems, and explore datasets and worked examples

Analyzing Social Networks, 2nd edition
Stephen P. Borgatti, Martin G. Everett, Jeffrey C. Johnson



Get started with secondary data analysis in SPSS
with step-by-step videos, and download a handy confidence interval calculator

An Introduction to Secondary Data Analysis with IBM SPSS Statistics
John MacInnes


Work with Stata codes and datasets, read journal articles, 
take quizzes, and download lecture slides

Applied Statistics Using Stata
Mehmet Mehmetoglu, Tor Georg Jakobsen



R U Ready

Why universities are switching to R for teaching social science
SAGE Campus Blog, Aug 23, 2019

Statistics, data analysis and data visualisation are a crucial aspect of social science degrees - across disciplines from psychology to political science and across levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate. For higher education institutions, the most popular statistical software package for teaching this aspect of the social sciences has traditionally been IBM’s Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

However, in recent years, digitalization and the explosion of big data has led to demand for data science skills and big data software. We’ve seen new statistical software packages on the block, while others have improved or grown in popularity. Consequently, higher education institutions are realising that SPSS isn’t the only fish in the sea....

read the FULL blog post




 Watch videos on how to write and manipulate code in R, and download practice datasets and R scripts

Statistics with R
Robert Stinerock

Field Adventure

Download adventr, a package of interactive R tutorials from Andy Field.

An Adventure in Statististics
Andy Field


Field DSUR

Take multiple choice quizzes to test understanding
of key concepts.

Discovering Statistics Using R
Andy Field, Jeremy Miles, Zoe Field


Experiment with example R code in the context of GIS and spatial analytics, by chapter

An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis and Mapping, 2nd Edition
Chris Brunsdon, Lex Comber





Browse case studies and sample data for conducting
qualitative research using software (CAQDAS)

Using Software in Qualitative Research
Christina Silver, Ann Lewins


Read coding examples from SAGE journals providing actual examples of coding at work

The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers
Johnny Saldaña