Making Dot Plots in SPSS

  1. Open SPSS.

  2. Click on the circle next to “Type in data”.

  3. Enter your data in one of the columns.

  4. Click on the “Variable View” tab.

  5. Type in a name for the variable.

  6. In the measure column, pick “Nominal”.

  7. Click on “Graphs”, choose “Chart Builder” and click “OK” in the window that opens.

  8. Make sure the “Gallery” tab is selected, and under “Choose from” pick “Bar”.

  9. Click on the “Simple Bar” icon in the upper left corner and drag it into the large white rectangle with the blue type in the upper right side of the window.

  10. Under “Variables”, click on the variable you want to graph and drag it onto the x-axis (horizontal axis) of the bar chart.

  11. Click on the “Titles/Footnotes” tab and click on the box next to “Title 1”.

  12. In the “Element Properties” window, in the white rectangle under “Content”, type in a title for the graph and then click on “Apply”.

  13. Click on “OK” in the “Chart Builder” window and your qualitative bar chart will appear.

  14. If you want to change the axis titles, right click on the graph and then choose “Edit Content” and then choose “In a Separate Window”.  Click once and then twice (slower than a double click) on the axis label you want to change.  If another window appears, just close it.  You should eventually see the cursor in the title you want to change.  Then you can make any changes that are necessary.  If you close the window, the change will appear in the original graph.
    Next, click on “Edit” and “Copy”.

  15. If you have a Word document open, you now will be able to paste the qualitative bar chart into the Word document.

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