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Interface features 7.2Stata resources •Stata’s on-line help, search, and net searchcommands, and especially findit. The searchcommands search Stata’s keyword database, including manuals, FAQs and STB (see below); finditis a powerful web search engine for Stata materials. Start with this. E.g. type findit survival. •Read the short Stata manual Getting Started with Stata for Windows. Move on to the User’s Guide. The reference manual set is like an encyclopaedia: dip into it as you need to. Manual errata are published at . •Stata is ‘web-aware’. You can access the StataCorp website and other Stata web-based resource from within Stata itself. Official updates to Stata, programs distributed with the Stata Journal, and other user-written programs are accessible via the drop-down Help menu or net. Do you have the latest version of official Stata? Updates to official Stata (executable and ado files) are downloadable for free: type update queryand follow instructions. •The Stata website, contains links to many other resources, including websites providing tutorials on Stata. •The UCLA Academic Technology Services site with everything from learning how to use Stata to worked exercises from leading texts: . This is a fantastic resource. •Check StataCorp’s own Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) site at . •Statalist, a valuable email listserv discussion group for all Stata users. New and experienced users, including StataCorp staff, contribute questions and answers; also a source for user-written programs. Past correspondence is available via searchable archives. See •The Stata Journalis a quarterly refereed publication: see or . It contains refereed articles about statistical topics addressed using Stata. A high quality resource, accompanied by Stata programs written by users (freely downloadable). The SJreplaces the Stata Technical Bulletin (STB): see •The SSC-IDEAS Software Archive, Boston College, found at contains an extensive library of programs written by Stata users, regularly updated, and searchable. The files can be freely downloaded from inside Stata using the ssccommand. (Use findit) •All the Stata data sets cited in the Stata Manuals, and in Cleves et al.(2002) are downloadable from .
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