Researching a Topic in Four Easy Steps:
Step 3f: Consider using alternate types of material - Statistics
When you are searching for statistics, consider the following:
- What is your topic? What agency or organization might have collected statistics
on this topic?
- Are you looking for statistics on a specific geographic area, or comparing
- For what time period do you need statistics---the most recent or a time
The following are suggested resources for current statistics about the United
States and countries of the world:
- Statistical Abstract of the
United States (Census Bureau)
- Provides statistics on all economic and social aspects of American society
as well as comparative international statistics.
- Fedstats (Federal Interagency Council
on Statistical Policy)
- The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies. Provides
access by topic, geography, subject and alphabetically by agency.
- Provides essential facts and statistics for all areas of the world.
Official Statistics on the Web
- Lists web sites offering free and easily accessible social, economic and
general data from official sources. Listings by country and by subject.
- Searches, at the table level, U.S. Federal Government (1974-present), international
intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published
documents (1981-present) that contain statistics.
Nations Common Database (UNCDB)
- UNCDB provides selected series from 30 specialized international data sources
for all available countries and areas.
The following Web sites have been created by Yale librarians to provide information
about accessing statistical data that you may need for your research. See:
You can also check the Subject
Guide compiled for your area of interest for sources of statistical information,
or use Orbis to find resources by doing a Subject search in the form "United
States--Statistics", or a Keyword search like "AIDS and statistics".
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