How to FIND... Statistics

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ORU Databases

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                              ow Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (online edition)

arrow CQ Researcher Online
Includes charts, graphs, "pros and cons" and more.
  CQ Researcher Tutorial

arrow CountryWatch — Provides international data, statistics and more.

arrow Points of View Reference Center — Includes primary source documents.

Web Sites

arrow 2012 Statistical Abstract: The National Data Book - (1878 to 2012 freely available on line) Data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

arrow CensusScope - U.S. Demographics: Includes Segregation • Rankings • Charts/Trends • Maps•

arrow ipl2: Resources by Subject - Browse subjects or search your topics for a list of sites. Example: Athletic statistic

arrow FedStats - Full text statistical statements on current social, economic, health, political, and environmental issues and public policy topics.

arrow World FactBook (CIA) - Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

  • Search TIPS & Keywords
  • Books/e-
  • Journals/Articles
  • Web: .gov
  • Web: non-.gov

Statistics - Search TIPS

Search Keywords
To locate statistical information in databases and on the Web, use words that identify your topic or concepts with key terms such as data, statistic or percent.

your topic(s)   AND statistic*
fact sheet*
percent
data
Examples:
nanotechnology AND statistic*
nanotechnology AND fact sheet*
"DNA fingerprinting" AND

percent

advertising and "energy drink" AND statistic*
college and athlete and "time management" AND data
musician* and social network* AND statistic

 

Add Date Limits
If you need statistics within a date range then specify or limit the dates.
For example, when searching the Web include the dates in your search query, such as (2010, 2011, 2012 and/or 2013). Most databases and the advanced search in search engines allow you to limit to specific dates.

Locate Authoritative Web Sites & Government Statistics
Search for and restrict results to government and association or organization fact sheets, which usually include statistics and often reference primary sources, such as original research or studies.
Limit to domain .gov for government sites or add association or organization to your keyword terms.

Concept 1:
Use keywords that describe your topic
  Concept 2   Concept 3
your topic 1 AND topic 2     AND statistic*
fact sheet*
percent
data
AND site:.gov
association or organization
Examples:
nanotechnology AND statistic* AND site:.gov
children and diabetes AND "fact sheet" AND site:.gov
steroids AND

percent

AND "Drug Enforcement Agency"
steroid abuse AND statistic* AND "National Football League"
college and athlete and "time management" AND data AND association or organization


See Key Points: Search Strategies for use of quotation marks, the asterisk and other search tips.

Statistics - Books & ebooks

Find Books in the Reference Collection

Inquire at the Reference Desk for help finding books that contain data, charts and statistics.
Examples:

Find Books and ebooks in the Library Catalog

Use the subject field and type statistics (shown below) or similar term. Browse the subject indexes or add descriptive keywords to narrow the results. Then, select one or mark several statistic subjects from the list. Browse and select a title. View Subjects: Statistics.

Library Catalog - subject statistics

 

Find Statistical ebooks in ebrary

Sample ebooks

Atlas of Global Development: A Visual Guide to the World's Greatest Challenges
Atlas of Global Development: A Visual Guide to the Worlds Greatest Challenges,
2011 (with an online interactive atlas)
World Health Statistics 2010
World Health Statistics 2010

Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs
Doing Business, 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs

World Development Indicators 2011
World Development Indicators: World Development Indicators 2011 World Bank
Statistical Methods in HealthcareStatistical Methods in Healthcare

Search or browse ebrary:

  • Drill down through the ebrary subjects and try adding a keyword like "statistics."
  • View ebooks for Subjects: Statistics.
  • Click Advanced Search and change Search in from Text and Key Fields to Subject. Type a subject in the text field and click search.

ebrary - Subject statistics search

Statistics - Journals/ Articles

How to Find Statistical Journals, Trade Publications, etc.

Use the ORU A-to-Z Journals List and try a title keyword or advanced search for statistic*.
View titles list for Statistics, Statistical 140+ journal Titles

How to Find Articles with Statistics and Data

Select appropriate databases and use descriptive, relevant keywords.
For example, the search below could be used to find articles with statistics, data, or facts on the topic of the wisdom of crowds.

EBSCO search

How to Find Religion Websites with Statistics or Data

For a list of selective statistical web sites with abstracts, go to the ATLA Religion Database, limit the Publication Type to multimedia, type keyword statistic* as shown below. (Note: Publication type "multimedia" includes Websites, though not all mayl be open access, and file and recording indexing.)

ATLA Religion Database

Statistics on the Web: .gov Sites

Find statistics by searching government Web sites, association or organization Web sites, and statistical sites. Use Web portals to identify additional sites with statistics.
 
Government Statistics
 
Fedstats: Gateway to Statistics from 100+ U.S. Federal Agencies
Provides full text statistical statements on current social, economic, political, health, and environmental issues and public policy topics.
http://www.fedstats.gov/
Administration on Aging: Statistics (Dept. of Health & Human Services)
American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Population, housing, industry, economic, and geographic data.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
National, international, and regional data.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
Statistics about crimes, victims, offenders, prosecution, etc.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
American Time Use Survey Charts (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
"provides nationally representative estimates of how, where, and with whom Americans spend their time...from childcare to volunteering."
• Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject (U.S. Dept. of Labor) - Employment statistics, wages, living and working conditions, economic statistics, productivity and technology. Publications includes
Spotlight on Statistics- Comprehensive data on a variety of topics such as:
arrow Browse the Archive list
Samples:
2014 - Occupations | Housing
2013 - Media and Information | Foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor force
2012 - Fashion | The Recession of 2007-2009
2011 - Automobiles | School's Out | Women at Work
2010 - Food for Thought | Back to College | Travel
Cancer.gov: Statistics
http://www.cancer.gov/statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Data and Statistics
http://www.census.gov/cps/
ChildStats.gov
http://www.childstats.gov/
The official web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
Current Population Survey (Bureau of Labor Statistics & Census Bureau)
http://www.census.gov/cps/
Drug Enforcement Administration: Statistics & Facts
http://www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/statistics.shtml
Drug Fact Sheets
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtmll
Education Publications (ED Pubs)
http://www.edpubs.gov/
6,000+ free titles (brochures, posters, research reports, videotapes and more)
Federal Bureau of Prisons: Quick Facts (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
http://www.bop.gov/news/quick.jsp
Internal Revenue Service: Tax Stats (U.S. Dept. of Treasury)
Information about individuals, business taxpayers, tax exempt organizations
http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/index.html
National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences) http://nces.ed.gov/
- Fast Facts
- Digest of Education Statistics - "Statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school."
National Agricultural Statistics Service (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)
Contains also historical data
http://www.nass.usda.gov/
National Center for Health Statistics (CDC-Center for Disease Control)
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
PSID: A National Study of Socioeconomics and Health Over Lifetimes and Across Generations http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Guide/FAQ.aspx?Type=2
QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau)
"Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography."
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html
U.S. Census Bureau (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
http://www.census.gov/
UNdata (global statistics)
Includes: 1) Databases and tables covering Crime, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food and Agriculture, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Indication Database, Industry, Population, Refugees, Trade, and more); 2) Updates; and 3) Country data services. More
http://data.un.org/
World FactBook (CIA)
Information on history, people, government, transportation, communications, economy,geography, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Statistics on the Web: non-.gov sites

Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Online ProQuest

Addiction Treatment Statistics" by Recovery Connectin®
ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archive
http://www.arda.tm/
CensusScope
"...an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, brought to you by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the Univ. of Michigan."
http://censusscope.org/
Divorce Statistics Collection
Statistics on divorce and children of divorce.
http://www.divorcereform.org/stats.html
The Gallup Organization
http://www.gallup.com
Polls on social issues, ethics, values, etc. Try a general search for education.
Internetnews.com: Stats
Internet traffic, usage, demographics, e-commerce, and more. For example, on the pull down menu, choose "Full toolbox" then scroll to "Teen and Young Adult Media Exposure."
http://www.internetnews.com/stats/
Statistics (National Center for Victims of Crimes)
Carjacking, child abuse, corrections, cost of crimes, domestic terrorism, etc. http://www.ncvc.org/resources/statistics/
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
Data on all aspects of criminal justice in the U.S.
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/
UNESCO's Institute for Statistics (U.N. Organization for Education, Science and Culture)
Fact Sheets
http://www.uis.unesco.org/
WHO Statistical Information System
Health and health-related statistics from the WHO.
http://www.who.int/whosis/

Web Portals & Other Resources for Finding Statistics

ipl2: Statistics | Facts

Statistics and Statistical Graphics Resources
Annotated collection of links to resources for statistics.
http://www.math.yorku.ca/SCS/StatResource.html