- File Types. Ultimately you will always need your data file to be a SPSS data file (.sav). However, you might not always find your original data set as a .sav file.
If you open/import a .xlsx, .por., .txt, .sps, etc.--be sure to save it as .sav.
- Overview of opening different data files in SPSS. For Set-up or Syntax files, see pages 4-8 (or How to Open a Setup.sps file)
- Excel files (.xlsx). You can easily move from Excel to SPSS (and vice versa). In SPSS, simply File, Open, Data, and select your Excel file (set file type for Excel). To move from SPSS to Excel, in SPSS, select Save As, than Save as Type (select Excel), select your file name and location, and click on Save.
- SPSS portable files (.por). Within SPSS: File, Open, Data. Under File Type, select Portable (.por). Locate your Portable file, than Open. Finally, save your file as a Data File (.sav).
- Changes in links, etc. Periodically, web sites will change their links and information regarding any of these data sets. Please let me know if you find that anything described here has been altered.
- Data "Libraries" or "Consortium"
- iPOLL. Roper Center. University of Connecticut. Public opinion polls.
- Pew Research Center
- Select Data. Than "Download Data Sets" at top. Should be able to follow instructions. You will need to provide your name, institution (UTA), a phone number, and your email (best to use UTA email). Also, you will need to agree to a statement essentially indicating that your usage is limited to academic objectives. Or, at the bottom of this page you will see direct links to the various "projects" (such as Hispanic Trends Project or Global Attitudes Project).
- Single Data Sets
- U.S. National Election Studies--MICRO
- U.S. National Election Survey, 2000, SETUPS, ICPSR 3356
- U.S. National Election Survey, 2004 (from Pollock)
- U.S. National Election Survey, 2008, ICPSR 25383
- U.S. National Election Survey, 2008 (from Kirkpatrick/Kidd)
- U.S. National Election Survey, 2012, SETUPS, ICPSR 34808
- General Social Survey, http://www.norc.org/GSS+Website/, download, SPSS format. Codebook under Documentation. Questionnaires under Publications. The data is also included with new Nachmias texts.
- General Social Survey 1996
- State Data, United States (from Pollock--variables compiled by the author). MACRO
- World Data, Country Comparisons (from Pollock--variables compiled by the author). MACRO
- Comparative Survey of Freedom, ICPSR 7555. MACRO
- Cross-National Indicators of Democracy, ICPSR 02532. MACRO
- Cross-National Data Sets. Most of these are MACRO