I'm currently working on my doctoral dissertation, and will have to use SPSS.
I'm new to SPSS and after several FRUSTRATING experiences, went to the "HELP" center at school.
Their recommendation was to do all data entry in Access, then export to SPSS.
So far I've found this method to be wonderful. I've done all my clean-up in Access, and was able to have several calculated
fields that detected data entry errors immediately.
My dissertation involves marriage. My data involves dates, so I had a calculated field for the husband's age at marriage and
birth of first child. If I got 126, for example, I knew I probably hit 1866 for the year instead of 1966.
I mentioned to the people at work, who use SPSS, that Ohio State told me to do data entry in Access, they were horrified.
But, mostly because, as near as I can determine, they have always been taught to do the data entry in SPSS, and because they
are unsure how to convert from Access in to SPSS. My advisor is also very anti-Access, and I know it is because he has no
I just wonded if anyone else had opinions on this topic.
Personally, I found Access to be much easier for the data entry. If I corrected a mistake in one field, ALL fields that
relied on that field for a calculation were automatically corrected, unlike SPSS.