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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. 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.

SPSS

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

Stata

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

SAS

Using SAS for Windows
SAS Macro Language
Resources for Learning SAS

R

Using R for Windows and Macintosh
Using R and Stata in Barley
Resources for Learning R
Introduction to Packages in R

Qualitative Software

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

Accessing and Using Software in FarmShare

Introduction to FarmShare for Statistcal Packages (Mac)
Introduction to FarmShare for Statistcal Packages (Windows)
Using R and Stata in Barley
Introduction to AFS
Authenticating Off-Campus

Other Helpful Guides

Using Excel for Data Manipulation and Statistical Analysis
Resources for Learning HLM
Comparison of Statistical Software Packages
Introduction to AFS
Using DEWI (Data Extraction Web Interface)
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