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The UMP Library and Information Services (LIS) was established in 2014 from a one room library with only one staff member, to a state-of-the-art library that currently has a total staff complement of 14 members based at both the Mbombela and Siyabuswa Cam


SPSS – What Is It?


SPSS is short for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences - it is a data management and analysis software package, maintained by IBM. On the surface it looks a lot like a spreadsheet and performs many of the same functions. Unlike most spreadsheets, however, SPSS provides easy access to a large bevvy of statistical tests and graphics and supports much larger datasets.

Getting started

SPSS software is only available for use in the Research Commons (Mbombela Library - level 2), due to limited licenses. Note that if you would like access on a personal Laptop you can purchase a Grad Pack version of the software. Alternatively, anyone can register for a free trial at the IBM website.



SPSS Tutorials by Ruben Geert van den Berg
Explains basic concepts of SPSS, such as data editor window, syntax, output viewer window, variable types and formats-the first things you need to know to familiarize yourself with SPSS.



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