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Do-It-Yourself Library: Statistics

I Am Looking For Statistics

Since there are many types of statistics, your search will depend on the kind of information you need. NWACC library provides access to Statista - a database specializing in market, research institutions, business organisations and government agencies who are working to collect data and create statistical analysis and reports. 

Apart from Statista database, most of the other databases from NWACC library as well have an advanced search feature where you can narrow your search to retrieve only statistical data/reports. 

More Strategies for Finding Statistics

  • Look for specific groups that might do research on your topic. Consider who would be interested in your topic (e.g. certain government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, institutes, or companies) Then look at the websites or search for reports from these groups on your topic.
  • Search the Web. Many statistical sources are freely available on the Web. Search for the kind of evidence you're looking for along with the word statistics (or data).
    Watch out for the sponsored results and advertisements that can look like regular search results (like the BP one below). When finding things on the Web, evaluate the source the carefully for reliability and potential bias. 

Screenshot of Google Scholar search (contrasts the author of the first result, an advertisement, and later sources with more authoritative authors)

Search NWACC Library's Search Everything tool, this contains books and government information with statistical information. In the Advanced Search (and then click on advanced search) enter your topic in 'All Fields' and enter 'statistics' in the 'Subject' line.  If you're looking for recent information, limit the date range to the appropriate years (e.g. the past 3, 5, or 10 years).  


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