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A guide to getting started with SPSS statistical software

Where to Find Existing SPSS Datasets?

Many data repositories, particularly in the social sciences, may collect and share data in SPSS formats. If you'd like to try some analytic practice on some curated datasets, check repositories such as

Importing Data

SPSS allows you to import data from other formats, such as statistical packages like SAS and Stata, and directly from spreadsheets in either CSV or Excel file.

You will want to use the Edit>Import Data function (and not Open) when you are bringing in a different file format so SPSS knows how to interpret the data correctly. 

Screen shot of the import data drop down from the SPSS software