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On this page you can find the answer to your question yourself by browsing the list of websites, literature references and other useful information on methodology and statistics.

Information about methodology and statistics

If you have a question about a methodological subject (e.g. confounds) or statistical analysis (e.g. ANCOVA), the sources below can be used to get your question answered.

  • Dr. Stat 

Dr. Stat is an online programme to get the basics of Statistics. You can learn and practice only very basic issues, but the website is appreciated by some students. SSO costs  7.50 Euro. 

  • Statistics Hell

The website of Andy Field (author of the popular book discovering Statistics Using SPSS). It is a peculiar site, but is packed with a lot of information. 

  • Research Methods Knowledge Base

A lot of information, not only about analysis, but also about designs, measurement scales and sampling.

  • Statnotes: Topics in Multivariate Analysis  

Mainly focused on the use of SPSS analyzes and interpretation of results.

  • StatSoft: Electronic Statistics Textbook 

Mainly focused on the basis of statistical analyzes. 

Information about software and programming

The sources below provide a wealth of information on programming and statistics software, such as SPSS. 

  • UCLA Statistical Computing 

A collection of information and tutorials for a great number of statistical packages, including SPSS, R, Mplus, MLwiN, SAS, STATA, en LaTeX. 

  • Quick-R 

Quick-R is an ideal website to learn R when you’re used to SPSS.  For many SPSS analyses SPSS the R syntax will be given.


A forum is a website which allows users to interact with each other online by providing a platform for discussions or questions and answers. Forums are useful for two reasons. First of all, there is a good chance of your question being answered on the spot by an active user with relevant knowledge. And secondly, forums are open to all. This means that you can use the search function to see if your question has already been posted.

Books and articles

Below you will find some useful links to books and articles on topics related to statistics and methodology. Most books are available at the university library for perusal or borrowing.

  • Boeije, H., `t Hart, H., & Hox, J. (red.) (2009). Onderzoeksmethoden (8ste druk). Amsterdam: Boom 
  • Van Groningen, B. & De Boer, C. (2012). Beschrijvende statistiek: Het berekenen en interpreteren van tabellen en statistieken (3de druk). Amsterdam: Boom
  • Bryman, A (2008), Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Agresti, A. & Finally, B (2009), Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall
  • Huizingh, E. (2007) Applied Statistics with SPSS. London: Sage
  • Salkind, N.J. (2011) Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics. London: Sage