Understanding the types of statistical information that is available is vital to the process of locating statistics.
There are statistics available on an enormous variety of topics. Some examples are: batting averages for major league baseball players, the rate of teen pregnancy in Chicago, the average income of a resident of Illinois.
With the growth of information available on the Internet, available sources of statistics grow almost daily.
Why are statistics created?
It is helpful to know the factors that affect the creation of statistics:
Sometimes assistance will be needed to find exactly what you need - remember to ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you want!
Who cares about statistics?
Statistics are compiled by many different types of agencies and organizations:
In looking for statistical information, it is helpful to think about who would be interested in the information. For example, the number of elementary school children enrolled in private schools is likely to be of interest to government agencies concerned with education. In fact, this statistic can be found in the U.S. Department of Education publication Digest of Education Statistics.
What types of statistical information are available?
Statistical information can be divided into two types: data sets and compiled statistics.
While you will primarily be using compiled statistics, it is important to understand both formats of information.
What are data sets?
To use data sets effectively, it is important to be aware of:
What are compiled statistics?
To use compiled statistics effectively, it is important to be aware of:
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