Free Web Based Tutorials for
Learning STATA and SPSS Software
W&L's Guide to Stata
Economics Professor Niels-Hugo Blunch and Leyburn Library's Carol Hansen
Karsch's guide to the Stata commands that will get you through Economics 203 and your Capstone project.
Stata Corp.’s Link
This is the Stata Corporation’s
list of suggested resources for learning Stata. The company’s top two
recommendations, UCLA’s Academic Technology Services and Carolina Population
Center Stata Tutorials are described below.
The Stata Project-Oriented Guide,
Roy Mill, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
A series of short tutorials covering the typical steps in a statistical project.
The tutorials range from importing data from a spreadsheet to data management.
UCLA’s Academic Technology Services’ Stata Tutorials
This is an excellent,
comprehensive site for beginners through advanced users of Stata. There are
movies of an introductory Stata course and associated class notes which summarize
the lessons covered in the movie. There are also text based learning modules,
with lots of examples and summaries that review the commands covered. A
helpful, instructive table offers guidance on the selection of the appropriate
statistical technique to use given your data. The lessons are thorough and are
written in easy, non-technical language.
For the more experienced Stata
user, the site offers 90 minute seminars, some with notes, that cover topics
such as: regression, logistic regression, survey data analysis, survival
analysis, and program coding.
Carolina Population Center’s Tutorials
This site is for knowledgeable beginners
in Stata. There are a series of tutorials, each of which begins with a few
lines of Stata code. The user is instructed to type the code into Stata’s
command window and then examine the results. Most tutorials then pose questions
based on the lesson so that users can gauge their understanding of the material.
Answers to the questions follow and additional information related to the covered
topics is given. An index of links takes more advanced beginners directly to an
area of interest. Advanced tutorials cover: missing values and how to handle
them, creating dummy indicator variables, and common errors and how to avoid
them. Survey analysis commands are given special focus.
Princeton’s Stata Tutorial
Princeton’s Stata tutorial is
presented on one long web page. The advantage to this approach is that users
can utilize the browser’s FIND command to go directly to a topic of interest.
Examples are given but results are not included. The page is a straightforward
way to get started for someone comfortable with using statistical packages but who
needs help with Stata specifically.