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The following provides a list of resources to assist you with statistics research. Some resources are restricted to people currently affiliated with Dickinson. Because your topic may cross over many academic disciplines, students are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian for help with specific topics.

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Contents

Strategies

Issues to consider:

• the exact data you want may not have been collected or published
• consider broadening or altering your search (e.g., if you cannot find a statistic for a specific city, perhaps the same statistic for a state will do)
• statistics take a lot of time to gather and compile, so the latest data available may be several years old
• consider who would gather the statistics you want, and search their website or publications (e.g., health statistics for Pennsylvania are gathered and published by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health)

Finding statistics published in books

The following strategies will help you search the Library Catalog effectively for statistics.

Keywords: Example:
statistics and [topic] statistics and birth control
statistics and [location] statistics and europe
statistics and [topic] and [location] statistics and poverty and united states
statistics and labor and pennsylvania

Additional Suggestions

• To find older statistics add the keyword " historical " to your search.
• Finding too little? Try a broader search approach. For example, just search on statistics on the topic, and don't limit to a specific location.
• Finding too much? Try using more specific keywords, or consider limiting your search to books located in the Library's Reference Stacks.

Finding statistical studies published as journal articles

• Statistical studies published as journal articles tend to be on very specific topics, and it can be very challenging to search for them.
• Choose a database relevant to your topic to search for statistical data and studies.
• JSTOR is a good source for published statistical studies on a variety of topics.
• Contact the liaison librarian for your discipline for additional assistance.

General Resources

Databases & e-resources we subscribe to that are primarily statistics:

Statistical data and publications summarizing statistical findings. Includes data collected from U.S. federal and state government sources, private organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. Features descriptive abstracts, detailed indexing, full-text PDFs of source documents and tables, and down-loadable spreadsheets containing table data. Contains publications from 1973 to the present, with some full-text.

From the United States Census Bureau, this site is an excellent gateway for accessing the 2000 U.S. Census Summary File. It is one of the best sources for obtaining local census data by either block or track.

Gateway to the many information resources from the Census Bureau.

From the U.S. Census Bureau. Facts about people, business, and geography based on the last census. Both state and national statistics are available.

Provides annual data covering a wide range of social, economic and housing characteristics for the population by a multitude of demographic variables. The data are available for more than 7,000 areas, including all congressional districts as well as counties, cities, metro areas and American Indian and Alaska Native areas of 65,000 population or more.

Comprehensive Web Guide:

A comprehensive web guide compiled by the University of Michigan. A great resource for discovering a wealth of different statistics sites.

By Geographic Region

Pennsylvania & Local

  • Pennsylvania State Data Center The Commonwealth's official source of demographic and economic data, offering a wide variety of products and services, such as population estimates, projections and many social, housing and economic characteristics. It is also the official state liaison to the US Census Bureau.

Federal

  • U.S. Census Bureau: Provides an amazing amount of statistical information on the United States.

Specific resources provided by the Census include: Statistical Abstract: A comprehensive summary of statistics related to social, economic and political aspects of the United States.

Quick Facts: Provides facts about people, business, and geography based on the last census.
American Fact Finder: One of the best sources for obtaining local census data by either block or track.


  • FedStats: Provides a wonderful gateway to statistical resources compiled by federal agencies
  • Statistical Insight: Searches statistical data and publications summarizing statistical findings. Includes data collected from U.S. federal and state government sources, private organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. Features descriptive abstracts, detailed indexing, full-text PDFs of source documents and tables, and down-loadable spreadsheets containing table data. Contains publications from 1973 to the present, with some full-text.

International

  • Columbia International Affairs Online: This database provides excellent comparative statistical data on countries world wide. From the homepage choose "country/maps" from the menu options on the left.
  • CIA World Factbook: A superb quick reference source; comparative data, statistical country profiles, and much more.
  • NationMaster: Provides international comparative statistics.

By Topic

Historical Statistics

To find books using the Library Catalog search the keywords:

historical and statistics and [topic] and [location]

Databases


Health Statistics

  • PubMed (with Dickinson Links) Add the word "statistics" to your topic search (e.g., asthma AND statistics ) to find journal articles which include statistics.

Business/Economic Statistics


Crime Statistics

Social Sciences Data

Provides annual data covering a wide range of social, economic and housing characteristics for the population by a multitude of demographic variables. The data are available for more than 7,000 areas, including all congressional districts as well as counties, cities, metro areas and American Indian and Alaska Native areas of 65,000 population or more.

Archive of social science data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata.

Education Statistics

  • [Department of Education of each state]

Housing

Pollution

Transportation