Tools & Resources for Learning Stata

The Resources for learning Stata page has most of the sites I describe below. Unfortunately, their list is also riddled with link rot, and many of the resources use ancient versions/commands. I’ve only included the active sites that I’ve actually used for analysis/projects.

*I’ll continue updating as I find more resources. 

My first post on this blog was about tools and resources for learning R, but I felt I should also include a list of Stata sites. 

UNC Carolina Population Center

This tutorial is centered around survey research and provides a helpful orientation to basic Stata commands. Also includes sample datasets.


The Institute for Digital Research and Education at University of California, Los Angeles, has a repository of your basic examples and tips. The Stata starter kit isn’t a bad place to start.

Germán Rodríguez from Princeton University

This tutorial is another crash course for anyone wanting a general understanding of Stata. He also covers some intermediate/advanced topics like macros and looping.

University of Wisconson-Madison

If there were an award for Stata window screenshots, this tutorial would win by a longshot. Unfortunately, the images are from Stata 10 or 11 (PC). Still very comprehensive with quite an extensive graphics section.

Vanderbilt Biostats Class Lecture Notes

These slides and examples are great if you’re looking for information on a particular statistical model. They have a great Multiple Poisson Regression model and an excellent overview of more complicated techniques like Neural Nets and Classification and Regression Trees.

Quick Q&A on Stata from Indiana Univeristy

The IU Knowledge Base has about 20 frequently asked questions on Stata use that I have referred to more than once. Some are general, others more esoteric. But their explanations are concise, and that’s a major plus in my book.

The Stata blog (and youtube channel)

The Stata blog has some useful information (see this example on effect sizes), as does their YouTube channel. I found the video lengths to be manageable and usually cover the topics well. The reference material from Stata Press is usually overkill but has some example datasets to work through.

Geocenter (best for last!)

I stumbled across a fantastic Stata tutorial on GitHub. The lessons include slides and homework problems (yay homework!) with solutions. I recommend this for all Stata users because it shows how using version control (like GitHub) can be implemented with the Stata .do files.

They’ve also created Stata cheat sheets that bear a striking resemblance to the RStudio cheat sheets. Well played.