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Finding Statistical Sources: Getting Started

A guide to statistical resources, at the SLC and on the Web.

Evaluating Statistics

Not all statistics are created equal. You can ask the following questions in order to evaluate the reliability of a statistical data set.


Who published the data? What was their motivation for publishing it?


What are the qualifications and reputation of the author(s) of the data set?


What is the date range of the data? Is it historical or current?


How is the data presented? Is it clear?


Can the statistics be verified?  Do the methods used and data presented seem valid?

Major Statistical Resources on the Web

There is an almost overwhelming amount of statistical data available on the web. In this guide you will find a number of links to different agencies that produce statistics. The following list includes some of the biggest agencies that appear throughout the guide. These agencies all produce statistics on a wide range of topics.

Statistics Databases

You can also find statistics in peer-reviewed, academic journal articles in your discipline.  The following are a few of the databases that feature statistical information.  

Searching in WorldCat Local

The SLC has a number of print resources containing statistics on a wide variety of subjects. You can search the WorldCat Local to find print materials on statistics in a particular subject area.

Here are some subject terms you can search with to find statistics on a given topic.

United States - Statistics

Business Statistics

Employment Statistics

Housing Statistics

Medical Statistics

Industrial Statistics

Church Statistics

Political Statistics

Criminal Statistics

Education Statistics

Women Statistics

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