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Finding Statistics

This guide is designed to help you in locating statistics from online and print sources.


The Finding Statistics guide is designed to help you in locating statistics in print and online sources. It is divided into three sections.

  • Understanding Statistics
    • General definitions and terminology for statistics
    • What types of statistics are available
    • What agencies compile statistics
    • How to think about statistics in a way that will make locating them easier
  • Locating Statistics
    • How to locate and retrieve raw statistical data and processed, or compiled, statistics
    • How to evaluate statistical information for authenticity and relevance to your need
    • What statistical databases are available
    • Basic search strategies for locating statistics in online databases
  • Evaluating Statistics
    • How to evaluate the authenticity and reliability of statistical information
    • How to determine the relevance of a statistic to your need

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