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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 geographic areas?
  • For what time period do you need statistics---the most recent or a time series?

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.
  • World Factbook
    Provides essential facts and statistics for all areas of the world.
  • OFFSTATS: 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.
  • LexisNexis Statistical
    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.
  • United 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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