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If we're in luck all our computers have SPSS. If not, I'll try to remedy that, but for now SHARE. To open SPSS look for the SPSS icon on the desktop. Double-click on it, and you're in. If the icon is not there, Click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner and click on all programs. If we're in luck SPSS will be there. We're licensed for version 11, and the text speaks of version 9. Ignore it. With computers you gotta learn to cope.
Once we're all settled around computers, notice that SPSS opens with a data editor. That means a page full of cells for you to fill in the numbers that are your data. Kendrick offers a picture of the opening screen on p. 18. Share the pictures, share the book, share the sceens. For goodness' sakes, share.
These are the things you should learn to find on the opening screen: open an existing file - last one listed. Later on we'll want to put in our own data. That's the second one listed on Kendrick's picture of the opening screen.
Using whatever GSS file is available on your computer, I want you to click on Utilities on the top line menu. Hopefully, it will say Variable. If it does we are then going to explore how variables are kept in the SPSS program. If there's no VAriable there, then try the rest of the menu. SPSS reserves the right to change it's menus when it feels like it. Be creative, kids. Help each other.