Finding resources from within Stata
One great source for user-written software for Stata is the Stata
Journal (SJ). There are many other resources available, including the
Statalist archive, but we will use the SJ archive for this example.
From Stata’s toolbar, click on Help > SJ and User-written
Programs, or at the command prompt, type help net_mnu.
A browseable page of sources for user-written programs will appear, listing
the Stata Journal, Stata Technical Bulletin (STB), and other
To access the software packages from current or archived issues of the Stata
Journal, click on the Stata Journal link, or type net from
A list of past and current issues will be displayed, each with a link to the
corresponding software for that issue.
Click on the desired issue, or type net cd issuename.
You can now see a list of the individual software packages for that
particular issue. Click on a package name for more information, or type
net describe packagename.
A brief description of the package will appear, including the article and
author names, as well as a list of items included in the package. For more
detailed information, click on one of the help files listed in the Viewer.
To install the ado-files and the help files, select the click here to
install link, or type net install packagename. To install
the ancillary files, select the click here to get link, or type
net get packagename.
Stata will automatically find the correct directory for installation.
To access other resources, select Help > SJ and User-written
Programs > Other locations, or type net from
The resulting directory list includes
||materials published in the Stata Technical Bulletin
||materials written by various people, including StataCorp employees
||software packages from Stata Users Group meetings|
||links to other locations providing additions to Stata|
The directions for accessing the contents of these directories are the same
as for the Stata Journal.
The web is also full of resources
available to enhance Stata. However, many of the same resources, as
well as many additional resources not available through your web browser,
are accessible from within Stata itself. Without ever leaving the program,
you can use Stata's findit and search commands to seek
articles, user-written commands, and other resources, such as the SSC
Here’s a quick example. From Stata's toolbar, click on Help >
A dialog box labeled Keyword Search will open. Select the desired
- Search documentation and FAQs searches the official help files,
FAQs, examples, Stata Journal, and Stata Technical Bulletin.
- Search net resources searches web resources.
- Search all combines the results of both searches.
Alternatively, you can also type findit keywords or search
keywords, all from Stata's command prompt to produce the same
list. Note that typing search keywords, all from the command
prompt will display the findings in the Results window instead of the
Viewer. Type view search keywords, all to diplay them in the
Any software packages found will be displayed within the search results.
Scroll down, and click on the item that interests you.
A description about the package will appear, providing detailed information
about the command, including who wrote it, where it came from, and what
files are included. You can obtain even more information by clicking on one
of the help files.
To install, click as instructed, and Stata will do the rest.