Non-electronic sources

Consultants in the Department

You can contact the School of Humanities and Sciences Computer Support Center by sending e-mail to ge.has@forsythe or by calling 723-7100. You can ask them anything you like, but their main area of expertise is Mac and PC desktop support. For more details, see Gina's message.

Consultants at Sweet Hall

Between 10am and 5pm the consultants at Sweet Hall can answer all your questions. You can also call them at 725-2101, or send e-mail to consult@leland. Among other things, they have sophisticated tools that can often recover data from damaged discs.


There are introductory classes at Sweet Hall during the first few weeks of each quarter. They last about an hour and are usually offered at lunch time. The topics include UNIX, emacs, elm, trn, and X. All new department members are strongly encouraged to attend pertinent sessions. There will also be classes on some other topics (SLIP, Eudora, WWW...) offered on Friday afternoons during the quarter.


You can pick up little leaflets about various topics at Sweet Hall. However, all of them can be found on the web, too - here's the alphabetical list.


New users are encouraged to buy a copy of "UNIX in a Nutshell". It contains everything you'll ever need to know about UNIX, and it even has a section about emacs. It costs under $10, and you can get it at the Stanford Bookstore.
Daniel Gilly and O'Reilly staff
UNIX in A Nutshell, System V Release 4, 2nd edition
O'Reilly, 1992
The only other book that is really worth buying is a LaTeX book, if you are trying to learn how to use LaTeX.
The latest version of the standard LaTeX book:
Leslie Lamport
LaTeX: A Documentation Preparation System, 2nd edition
Addison-Wesley, 1994
ISBN: 0-201-52983-1
272 pages, $32.95
A much better LaTeX book:
Helmut Kopka and Patrick W. Daly
A Guide to LaTeX2e, 2nd edition
Addison-Wesley, 1995
ISBN: 0-201-42777-X
554 pages, $33.95
Another book, recommended by Brett:
The LaTeX companion
Michel Goossens, Frank Mittelbach, and Alexander Samarin
The LaTeX Companion
Addison Wesley, 1994
I don't think you need an emacs book or any more UNIX books, but here are some more references anyway:
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