I started thinking about it the other day and realized that I have been using Stata for over ten years. OVER TEN YEARS!! Seriously, where has the time even gone?
I realized that we might be due for a nifty resource list for learning Stata. There is a lot out there, and it can be difficult to wade through what is there when you have different types of questions and problems. Sometimes I just need a quick reminder on the exact formatting of the code/syntax for a particular command. Sometimes I am trying to help novice users get their feet wet. The former needs a solution at the 3 foot level, the latter needs a 30,000 foot view.
Below, I have categorized some of the Stata Resources that I use often. As I find more and more items, I will come back and add to this list.
A Gentle Introduction to Stata– Last published this year, this text is in the 5th edition and is good for learning the specifics of data management, exploratory statistics, and analyses. Princeton Website– A step by step tutorial for working in Stata. Also covers a lot more of the “why”.
UNC Pop Center Website-Has commands sorted by function for ease. If you are looking for help on combining data files, you’d find five examples commands you could use.
IDRE UCLA Website– This is a wonderful resource for interpreting Stata output.
Stata PDF Manuals- these are pdf files that are accessible from the Help menu of Stata. The manuals are organized according to type of analysis, like there is a document for Time Series Analysis and one for Structural Equation Modeling.
The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata– Despite the fact that this edition was published in 2008, there is a lot of extremely valuable information here on how to organize Stata data and do files, as well as version control.