Any analysis should begin with knowing how you’ll ultimately want to examine your data.
This is, of course, a product of formulating good research questions and hypotheses. I decided to address this topic first, however, since it is the Achilles Heel of the vast majority of students and even experienced researchers.
The link below points to an excellent site that was put together by members of the UCLA faculty and staff (and, let’s face it, surely some graduate assistants, too).
The following link is to a page within the site, and focuses on operating within stats software packages: