Saturday, July 1, 2006

Find Statistical Information

Have you ever needed to find what you thought would be an easy fact or statistic such as the current population of any country, state or city, how the number and size of pharmaceutical companies has changed over the last decade, or the annual funds spent by your government on education or the military? If so, you may have found out that such data isn't as easy to locate as it first seemed. Don't fret! By using some select search strategies and specific resources you'll have pinpoint access to literally tons of data and statistics covering a wide range of subjects.

Subscription databases (to access, click on the "All Research Databases" link on the library home page):
  • ProQuest: On the default search interface, click the "More Search Options" link and then use the Document Type field to limit the search to "Statistics."
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - the search contains a "content type" limit option for statistics.
  • ebrary eBook Collection: use the Advanced search option and combine your keywords with the subject "statistics."
  • EBSCO: use ERIC for education statistics, MEDLINE for health stats, PsycARTICLES for the behavioral sciences, SocINDEX Full Text for the social sciences more generally, Business Source Premier for business, management and economic data and Academic Search Premier for just about any topic. Other possibilities include the Gender Studies Database, and the Military and Government Collection.
  • ABC-CLIO: try the America History and Life and Historical Abstracts databases for help locating historical stats.
  • In general: if there isn't a specific mechanism to limit a search to statistical data, try combining your keyword(s) with the term "statistics." E.g., "endangered species" and statistics
Web Resources:
  • American FactFinder - complete access to population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • FedStats - search or browse the vast array of stats produced by our federal government.
  • InfoNation (U.N.) - compare and contrast population, health, economic, environment or technology statistics for up to 6 countries.
  • OffStats: Official Statistics on the Web - compare and contract country data on an extensive list of subjects from armaments, children or climate, through religion, taxation or wages.
  • Statistical Resources on the Web - annotated directory of factual resources, compiled by librarians at the University of Michigan.

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