This guide will help you locate statistics from or about the categories listed on the tabs above. Please click on a tab above for more specific resources. For more general sources, the "Starting Points" on this page are good places to begin your research.
The government is the largest compiler of statistics on any geographic level. There are statistics from the United States government and many other governments on a variety of topics including state and local governmental units.
- Do you want information on interest rates?
- Infant mortality?
- Highway fatality rates?
- Public Opinion Polls?
It is more difficult to find historical statistics than current statistics. Many countries did not collect data until the late 20th century. Others have compiled extensive databases. Some resources are only available to the students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges. They are noted with the lock icon.
Don't understand terminology or basic priniciples of statistics? These reference works may be of help.
Reference Web Sites
Datasets in Blais
Other Sources for Finding Statistics
Almanacs, factbooks, and even general books may be good sources of statistics. Try searching the Library catalog entering statistics in one subject search box and in a separate subject search box (use the drop-down menu to change any box to a subject search), enter the topic on which you are trying to find statistics.
Use a periodical index to locate articles with statistical data. Use statistics as a subject search term in a database such as Academic Search Premier. Organizations and associations may provide statistical information on their Web sites. Asking yourself, "Who is interested in this topic" can suggest valuable resources for finding statistics. For example, the American Bar Association provides statistics on legal education. (Make sure you think critically about the source, considering, for instance, the association's purpose and agenda. Click here to read more.)
Searching for a research guide on finding statistics in your topic area can be another effective strategy. In your favorite search engine, try entering your subject and statistics and "research guide."