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Where to find statistics by and about governmental bodies for California, the U.S. and international bodies.

Reference Books

Don't understand terminology or basic priniciples of statistics?  These reference works may be of help.

Reference Web Sites

Starting Points

Library Databases

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."

Subject Guide

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