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Re: thoughts on manuals [Was st: -margin-, -mfx compute- and -manuals-]

From   "Renzo Comolli" <>
To   <>
Subject   Re: thoughts on manuals [Was st: -margin-, -mfx compute- and -manuals-]
Date   Sun, 16 Nov 2003 01:46:13 -0500

Dear all,

I have already expressed my opinion on the general matter of the manual
price for graduate students (or students in general). In order to limit
repetition (the thoughts were leanghy and nounced) let me only update what
1. When I bought Stata, I said to my self, "manuals? I can do without; I'll
use the help"
2. When I wrote my email on this topic, I wrote "manuals? I would seriously
consider buying them if they were cheaper"
3. Today I write "it would be really expensive, but if I could not borrow
them, I would buy them".

Now some practical advice to Clive on how to (try to) borrow the manuals and
live a happy Stata life:
1. Propose to your library to buy them (it works)
2. Propose to your department (chair, director of graduate studies...) to
buy them (it works too)
3. Propose to your supervisor to buy them
4. Some universities have mini-research grants for purposes such as this
5. Be brass and ask to other departments whether they have them (some
epidemiological, public health, political science depts have them)


/* From   "Clive Nicholas" <> */
Subject   st: -margin-, -mfx compute- and -manuals- 
Date   Sat, 15 Nov 2003 11:47:50 -0000 (GMT) 


By the way, unlike most Statapeeps on this list, I don't consider myself
loaded enough to afford all of the Stata manuals. I find it hard to
understand why people make this assumption. There are no books *at all* on
Stata available at my (rather large) university library, not least
because, quite wrongly in my view, Stata isn't on our university machines
here. I'll let you all into a dirty secret I have:

**I'm a student!**

I know. Incredible, isn't it?! Yes, I'd *love* to own the whole kit and
caboodle, but I had to make choices as to which I could purchase, since I
needed to purchase Stata 8 and Stat/Transfer 7. I chose to buy [U]. I'm
thinking of getting [XT] soon. But [R]? No way, not at that price. Love
to, but you know, finances and all that... ;-)


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