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Getting Started Guides & Documents

This page contains links to our support documents for some of the most popular quantitative, qualitative, and data conversion software at Stanford. We have included guides for getting started with software packages in different operating systems, resources for learning more about the software, tips for data entry, and other useful documents.



  • Self-Directed Python Learning (coming soon)


  • Self-Directed R Learning (coming soon)

Other Resources


Legacy Guides

Our documents are also available in print format in The Velma Denning Room.

Click on a document title to view that document in your browser.  Please note that our documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For a list of where you can access the following software, please visit Where to Access Software at Stanford.

View quick instructional videos for selected software.


Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh
Reading Raw Data into SPSS
Resources for Learning SPSS


Using Stata for Windows and Macintosh
Working with Dates and Times in Stata
Complex Survey Design Using Stata
Resources for Learning Stata


Using SAS for Windows
SAS Macro Language
Resources for Learning SAS


Using R for Windows and Macintosh
Resources for Learning R
Introduction to Packages in R
Making R code over 100 times faster: An example
r - R resources and community at Stanford

Qualitative Software

Resources for Learning Qualitative Research
Using NVivo12 for Windows
Using NVivo12 for Macs


Other Helpful Guides

Using Excel for Data Manipulation and Statistical Analysis
Comparison of Statistical Software Packages
Using Windows Applications on a Mac
Tips for Data Entry
Writing about Numeric Data
Research Planning Before Data Collection
Research Planning After Data Collection
Tips For Survey Design