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Data & Statistics Research Guide: How to Search for Statistics

This guide is a collection of all of the data and statistics-related research guides.

Strategies for Finding Statistics

If you haven't already, please review the considerations section of this research guide.

To begin searching for statistics, you can use a few different strategies:

  • Identify the time period and geography
    • What time period do you want to study? (ex: present, 1800s, January, 1st 1961 - December 31st, 1962)
    • What is the location you want to study? (ex: United States, District of Columbia, Global)
    • Remember, it takes time to analyze and summarize data. Current statistics may be a year or more old.
  • Identify producers and publishers of the statistics
    • Who is interested in these statistics? (ex: Private sector, governments, advocacy groups, academic institutions)
    • Nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, goverments, etc. will publish statistics to inform the public about current trends, projections, new findings, etc. Carefully read the statistic and make sure it is relevant to your research topic. 
  • Search through a research guide
    • Gelman Library creates and maintains a variety of useful research guides to assist in locating statistics. These guides are the best starting point for your search. You can access all of these guides in the navigation tabs above or from the main research guides listing here.
    • For Health Sciences data and statistics, please look at Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library's Research Guides.
  • Search in a statistics reference resource
    • Statistics reference resources pull together statistics from multiple sources and allow you to search across them in one location. A list of statistical resources is available here.
  • Follow the trail!
    • Read the literature in your discipline about your topic. Identify statistics and data referenced in these articles. If you see a particular statistic that interests you, look for its source.
  • Ask for assistance
    • If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us!
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