Why is it sometimes difficult to find statistics?
Finding appropriate statistics can be challenging for the following reasons:
Different statistical tables may present data differently. It may be difficult to compare statistical data from different sources—the units of measure, time periods and other variables may differ.
What are some of the challenges to locating and using statistical information?
Compiled statistics can be:
Data sets can be challenging to use because they may be...
Helpful hints for finding statistics
Before you start your search:
Before beginning your search, or if you are having trouble locating a source, check with your professor to see if she or he can recommend particular sources for the topic you have chosen.
As you search:
Remember—if you are not finding what you need, are having a difficult time locating a source, or are not sure how to use a database, always ask for assistance from a librarian!
What are statistical databases?
Can I search for statistics using Google or another search engine?
Yes, however, it is important to know that web search engines, such as Google or Yahoo!, are unable to search the contents of print or subscription databases. It can be inefficient to search for statistics using a web search engine. In any case, you should never start your statistical research with a general web search.
Hints for database searching:
Remember to ask a librarian if you need assistance!
Where can statistical information be found?
There is a vast amount of statistical information available through a variety of sources. Ask a librarian for help if you are not sure where to look for the statistics you need!
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