Stata is available on all classroom and lab computers on campus.
Want to use Stata off-campus? Install it on your laptop (while on campus), and then use the VPN to log in and access Stata off campus. Visit the VPN help page for instructions.
For help installing Stata or setting up the VPN, visit the Help Desk in Clapp Library or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-Adopt consistent file naming conventions!
-Name your files something that alludes to their content or purpose.
Example 1: Data for a class's second lab. Poor choice: mydata.dta Better name: lab2census.dta
Example 2: You download US census data for your final project for the year 2000; name it census00.dta. Then you create a subset containing only women ages 18-30; name it census00fem.dta.
-If you have multiple versions of the same file, add increasing numbers to the end of the file (e.g., census00v2, census00v3, etc). If you go back and make changes to an earlier version of the file, save a copy with the next highest number (e.g., census00v4).
Need to open other file formats in Stata? Contact Carolin for help!
Log Files - keep track of every command you run and all the results. Great way to keep a record of what you have done.
Copy & Paste - quick way to copy results to a document or spreadsheet
You can highlight the tables in Stata's Results window and copy the contents. Rather than using CTRL+C, right-click on the highlighted text to get additional options:
Getting Started with IPUMS, Part 2: Ordering DataGetting Started with IPUMS, Part 3: Downloading the Data & Opening it in Stata
When I was first learning Stata, I created these cheat sheets to help me remember all of the useful commands, shortcuts, and syntax.