Software Services: Getting Started Guides & Documents

This page contains downloadable 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.

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.


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


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


Using SAS for Windows
Using SAS in Unix
Using the SAS Enterprise Guide (Version 4.1)
Using the SAS Enterprise Guide (Version 4.2)
SAS Macro Language
Resources for Learning SAS


Using R for Windows and Macintosh
Resources for Learning R
A Guide to Packages in R

Qualitative Software

Using NVivo for Qualitative Data Analysis
Resources for Learning NVivo
Using Atlas.ti for Qualitative Data Analysis

Data Conversion & Other Software

Using Stat/Transfer on the Linux/Unix Systems
Using Statistical Software through X on PCs
Using Statistical Software through X on Macintosh
Using Excel for Statistical Analysis
Using GIS
Resources for Learning AMOS
Resources for Learning HLM

Other Helpful Guides

Using DEWI (Data Extraction Web Interface)
Tips for Data Entry
Writing about Numeric Data
Research Planning Guide Before Data Collection
Research Planning Guide After Data Collection
Tips For Survey Design