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Statistics are published both online and in print. Publishers include the local and federal government, international agencies, private companies, and organizations. Recording of statistics is sometimes mandated by law, and government statisics will change over the years. While using print statistics, be aware of the publication date and relevance for your needs.
The best strategy for finding statistics is to identify the stakeholders (governments, companies, organizations) and do a thorough search of their publications and Internet pages. The resources in this guide are good places to start you statistical research.
American Statistical Association
A scientific and educational society founded in 1839 to foster excellence in the use and application of statistics to the biological, physical, social and economic sciences through education, advocacy, publications and more.
Gateway to Associations
Search by keyword, location, and/or organization type.
If you want to search for an association (stakeholder) by your subject (education, taxes, dogs, etc.) use this Gateway.
Research Data Repositories
HUGE link to research data in several subjects- by subject on left sidebar. All either have a direct link to their website, or a downloadable link to the data. Great site!!
Social Science Data Resources
A collection of starting points for finding numerous types of data and statistics. Note: this site highlights some Yale University resources to which we do not have access; however many others are freely accessible online.
University of Michigan Government Documents Library
Use the links in the right column to limit to specific topics. A second must use site for getting stats!
Are you doing any applied research? Need direction?
Cornell University has a tutorial on sociological research methods, and CHOOSING your statistics and HOW to use them.
Below are great places to find various data sets:
Books for Statistics
Vital Statistics of the United States 2010 by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2010
This is an all-in-one resource for key statistics on births, deaths, life expectancy, and marriage and divorce in the U.S. These important data include both current and historical statistics going as far back as 1940, with details by state and metropolitan areas, and comparisons to foreign countries. Tables, graphs, explanatory text, trends and analyses are included.