Research Computing >> 2000 news archive


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December 8, 2000

The Bridgestation server has been upgraded to version 6.3.3 and the connection to it has been upgraded to T1 line this morning. One of the servers, bridge-nt1(, has been disconnected due to the upgrade. This should have no impact on your computer's connection to Bridge. If you notice any problem or could not get access Bridge, please let Jim Guo know.

The new version 6.3.3 has more elegant graphic displays than the previous one, and some enhancements on the existing applications. If you want to get an upgrade on your local machine, contact Jim Guo.

The bridge-nt1 should be removed from your Bridge configuration.

Click Start, choose Programs, go to Bridge applications, then click on bridge config (or server config, depending on what version of bridge you are using). Highlight bridge-nt1.kellogg, (or, click on the "remove" button, then click OK.

December 7, 2000

Stata version 7 has been released. Highlights include additional survival analysis and panel data techniques, and nested logits (among others).

  • GradPlan: Users who bought their copy through Stata's GradPlan in the last three months are eligible for an upgrade (excluding manuals) just by paying the shipping cost.
  • Skew3: Regarding the upgrade to Stata 7 on Kellogg's Unix server, we will send an announcement as soon as we are ready for the transition.

Please read all the details about new features in Stata 7 and pricing options in the following web page:

September 14, 2000

First Call Password has been changed effective September 11, 2000. The new password has been posted at First Call.

September 4, 2000

New Skew3 Server:

The new UNIX server for Kellogg research computing, known as Skew3, is up running. We are now creating skew3 user accounts, and will be retiring skew2 at the end of October. The following is a brief description of skew3 hardware, software, databases and accounts.

1. What is skew3
Skew3 is a Sun Enterprise 420 system with four 450 MHz processors, 4GB memory, and 252GB hard disk space, running Solaris 8. This server is strictly for the purpose of research computing.

2. Requesting a skew3 account

We are not migrating all skew2 accounts to skew3. To be eligible for a skew3 account, you must be a current faculty member or Ph.D student at Kellogg, or appropriately sponsored by a Kellogg faculty member. See details under policies on

To request a skew3 account, please go to and fill out the online request. It may take up to 5 business days to get your account ready.

After you receive your account information, you can start moving files from skew2 to skew3 through ftp. If you need the system administrator's help in moving your files, please include your request or questions when you fill out the account creation request.

3. Skew3 quotas

The standard file quota for each user is 100 MB. Users may request an increased quota by submitting a written explanation and justification to Jim Guo. 4. Software and databases on skew3 a. Software Statistical software packages available on skew2 are reinstalled on skew3. For more information, please go to and choose Application/UNIX b. Databases All current databases on skew2 under /data were copied to skew3 under /kellogg/data.

5. Email

Email should be done primarily through your standard email account provided by the university on merle, casbah, hecky or lulu. Your skew3 email account should not be used as your primary email account, since this server is dedicated to research computing only. The quota for email messages on skew3 is 20 MB. If you need assistance converting your university email account to primary, please let me know.

I am also going to update the research computing website to reflect these changes. Please visit for details. If you have any problems, please feel free to contact me or send email.

August 19, 2000

Datastream's online support is available to Kellogg users. The support website has various documentation and examples for researchers who are using datastream. For access information, please click here.

July 19, 2000

The Northwestern University community is the beneficiary of several new databases courtesy of the statewide IDAL and Illinet projects. Of particular note this year is that two of these new databases provide selected full-text articles from the Chicago Tribune, something we have been without for over a year.

From IDAL (Illinois Digial Academic Library) we have:

Academic Search Elite
Provides citations and abstracts for nearly 2900 scholarly journals (1666 peer-reviewed), as well as over 1250 full-text titles in all different subject areas including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies. Academic Search Elite also includes (A) a searchable Company Directory, with basic contact information, sales range and number of employees; and (B) an Image Collection that is searchable by keyword or by category.

Business Source Elite
Citations, abstracts and full-text articles from national, regional and international business journals, magazines and scholarly publications covering accounting, banking, finance, international business, management, marketing, real estate, regional studies, sales, trade and technology. In addition to the Company Directory and Image Collection which are both also accessible through Academic Search Elite, Business Source Elite also includes "Wall Street Words," a dictionary of financial terms that can
link to those terms within the citations and full-text of articles.

Health Source Plus
Provides citations and abstracts for nearly 430 journals, as well as 265 full-text titles covering consumer health information, including topics in the medical sciences, psychology, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and healthcare law. Health Source Plus also includes articles from USP Pharmacopoeia DI: Volume II, Advice for the Lay Patient--a plain-language encyclopedia of drugs and pharmaceuticals, thousands of essays from Clinical Reference Systems, an online medical
dictionary, and full-text coverage of health research books from People's Medical Society and over 1000 health-related pamphlets.

Newspaper Source
Citations, abstracts, and full-text articles from more than 150 newspapers, including complete full-text coverage of 15 international newspapers and The Christian Science Monitor. Newspaper Source also includes cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for USA Today, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Selected full-text articles from 126
regional U.S. newspapers (including the Belleville [Illinois] News-Democrat, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, The Chicago Tribune, and the Peoria Journal Star) and six newswires are also included.

In addition to basic keyword searching options, all these databases offer a natural language search, an advanced search, and browseable and searchable indexes of subject headings and journal titles. Search results may be printed, downloaded to a text file, or sent via email.

From Illinet, we again have access to a large collection of OCLC FirstSearch databases, including WorldCat, Wilson Select Full Text, and ArticleFirst. The selection was renewed by the state library for another year. In addition, we also have access to:

News Illinois
Selected full-text coverage of The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) and The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL). This database also includes Illinois-related articles from other newspapers from around the country and from the AP Online newswire. Users may search by keywords within the full text or within
specific sections of an article, and search results may be limited by date and source publication. Individual articles may be sent via email or reformatted for printing (choose the "Text Only Display"). Coverage is from 1997 to the present.

Enjoy searching in these new databases.

June 21, 2000

As you may already know, many academic journals and working paper series (like NBER working paper) have provided online fulltext downloading services. Many of economic and business related journals that NWU subscribes to are available through library databases called Electronic Journals.

Some more online journals are available through Research Computing databases through

in the last section of Databases.

Please check these resources first when you look for a specific journal
article. If they are available on line,then it will save you a trip to

May 22, 2000

Robertson Stephens have issued ten more accounts. click here.

May 18, 2000

Kellogg School has been granted access to security research reports from Robertson Stephens thanks to Jagdeep Sahni and Peter Lee. from Robertson Stephens provides you with the benefit of viewing up-to-the-minute equity research as it is published daily on its website.

For aceess information, please click here.

March 30,2000

New research computing webpage is up and moved to

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