- emacs tutorial
When you're new to emacs and find you're having problems, you may just
want to go through the whole tutorial. This will also give you some
idea of the more advanced capabilities of emacs that you may want to
exploit more fully in the future. Get into emacs and type
There's plenty more information about emacs available on-line - just
CTRL-h i or look at the manual
on the web.
- UNIX tutorial
On the elaines in Sweet Hall there's also a
UNIX tutorial. To invoke it, just type
Among the topics available (files, editor, vi, morefiles, macros, and
eqn, and C), I would recommend doing files and
morefiles. Which of the other ones you want to do depends on
your interests, but you probably won't need any of the contents in the
near future. In particular, don't try to learn vi (an editor) unless
you're sure that's what you want to do - emacs is much easier and can
do everything you'll need to do.
- man pages
There are extensive electronic manual pages for basically every
command used on the UNIX systems. Just type
to find out more about any command, for example about additional
options. It is often quite easy to guess which command may have an
option for what you want to do. For example, if you know that 'ls'
lists files, and you want to list files in some special way, for
example in reverse alphabetic order, it's a good bet that this will be
one of the options for 'ls'. But if it isn't obvious or you don't know
any command that might be doing what you want, you can search the man
pages by keyword, by typing
man -k topic.
- help pages
On turing, there's also an extensive system of help pages. Just type
to see whether there is some information about your topic. You can
see a list of all topics available by typing
Recently, Emma made the help pages accessible via lynx as well - just
help and you'll be given a short introduction
to the help system and will be able to follow links to the
Here are some particularly useful help pages.
- e-mail to action
If all these methods fail and you still have a problem, you can send
e-mail to 'action@csli'. It will be read and dealt with by the local
group of experts. You should read 'help action' for more information
on how to do this most effectively.
There are some newsgroups which discuss computing problems.
For example, problems with installing and running modem connections
are discussed in 'su.computers.dialin'.
The lists of
FAQs (frequently asked questions) are often the most useful.
- Searching the web
Netscape search page has a good collection of search
engines. Try Infoseek, Ultraseek, Alta Vista, Lycos, Excite or HotBot.
Or, even better, try Metacrawler or Savvy Search, which search several indices at once! Once you
are looking at a potentially interesting page, you can search the
contents of that page. How this is done exactly depends on your
browser, but there should be a 'find' button or menu item somewhere.
Also try out Yahoo, the best WWW
Some examples of what you can find on the Web:
- Emma's help pages also have information about non-computing issues
- The directory /user/linguistics on turing
The file deptlist has the addresses of all faculty, staff,
The subdirectory Lists contains all the local linguistics
mailing lists such as ling-grads and ling-dept (see the mailing list hierarchy)
There are also files with the current schedule, called
autumn.schedule, winter.schedule, or
To access folio, telnet to forsythetn, and type folio
when asked for the account. You will also need to have a Stanford ID
number and PIN. It contains many useful things, for example
To get to the main menu, type sel. Here's a
guide to using folio.
- socrates, Stanford's Library Catalog
- axess, the administrative system which lets you register
for your classes etc.
- bookstore information - you can search which books they
have and what they cost!
- mla The MLA database of citations from Language and
Linguistics journals, books, etc.
- psycinfoThe PsycINFO database of citations and abstracts
from Psychology journals
You can use a newsreader, e.g. nn, to read any
newsgroup you're interested in. Type help newsgroups-list for a
list of all newsgroups currently available. (You can also look at the
list of newsgroups, but of course we don't get them all here.)
Or look at the List
of FAQs (frequently asked questions) posted to newsgroups
- mailing lists
You may want to get on some mailing lists, e.g. empiricists,
HPSG, or LFG lists. Don't subscribe to the LINGUIST list however
- you can read it in a local newsgroup
(csli.linguistics.linguist) or on the web.
- The World Wide Web (WWW)
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