Advice on finding help
Let's say you are trying to find out how to do something. With about
3,000 help files and 14,000 pages of PDF documentation, we have probably
explained how to do whatever you want. The documentation is filled with
worked examples that you can run on supplied datasets. Whatever your
question, try the following first:
1. Select Help from the Stata menu and click on Search....
2. Type some keywords about the topic that interests you, say, "logistic
3. Look through the resulting list of available resources, including help
files, FAQs, Stata Journal articles, and other resources.
4. Select the resource whose description looks most helpful. Usually,
this description will be a help file and will include "(help <xyz>)",
or, as in our example, perhaps "(help logistic)". Click on the blue
5. Let's assume you have selected the "(help logistic)" entry. You are
probably not interested in the syntax at the top of the file, but you
would like to see some examples. Select Jump To from the Viewer menu
(in the top right corner of the help file now on your screen), and
click on Examples. You will be taken to example commands that you can
run on example datasets. Simply cut and paste those commands into
Stata to see the results.
6. If you are new to the logistic command and want both an overview and
worked examples with discussion, from the Also See menu, click on [R]
logistic with the PDF icon. Or at the top of the help file, click on
the blue title of the entry ([R] logistic). Your PDF viewer will be
opened to the full documentation of the logistic command.
7. There is a lot of great material in this documentation for both
experts and novices. As with the help file, you will often want to
begin first with the Remarks and examples section. Simply click on
the Remarks and examples link at the top of the logistic entry. A
complete discussion of the logistic command can be found in the
remarks along with worked examples that run on supplied datasets and
are explained in detail. That should get you ready to use the command
on your own data.
If that does not help, try the many other Stata resources; see Resources
for learning more about Stata.