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Locating Statistical Resources

This guide demonstrates how to locate statistical sources through the library.

Statistical Resources on the Web

There are several web resources that contain statistical information.  Click the links below to view available web resources from each discipline:

 

Business

Criminal Justice & Homeland Security

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics: U.S. Government Agency that collects national data on crime, criminal victimization, criminal offenders, crime correlations, and the operations of the criminal justice systems at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • CityProtect: Lets you view U.S. crime data via an interactive map.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS): A virtual library that contains bibliographic information and abstracts of over 230,000 collection resources, including all works from the Office of Justice Programs.  It can assist with program development and criminal justice research.
  • Crime Reports (FBI): Established in 1930, it is an archive for statistics that are used in law enforcement.  Data is collected from agencies who voluntarily submit their crime data through a state United Crime Reporting (UCR) program.
  • FBI Crime Data Explorer: An interactive program that allows you to view crime data through visual aids.
  • Department of Justice: Contains statistical information from several U.S. federal departments, including the Asset Forfeiture Program (AFP), Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives, Civil Division (CIVIL), Office of Legal Policy, and more.

Education

The following sources contain statistics regarding education:

  • National Center for Education Statistics: Provides a list of federal government and statistical agencies with publicly accessible data.
  • U.S. Department of Education: Includes data surrounding K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and student outcomes assessments.
  • The Condition of Education: Mandated by Congress, this is an annual report from the National Center of Education Statistics that documents important conditions and developments in the American education system.
  • Digest of Education Statistics: Provides a collection of statistical information covering the American education system, from prekindergarten through graduate school.
  • National Center for Education Statistics: An organization that collects and analyzes data related to the field of education.
  • STEM Education Data: Provides access to the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators report, which contains high-quality and quantitative data about American and international science and engineering.

General Interest

The following are web resources that contain statistics that cover general topics of interest:

  • Statista: Online platform that contains statistics on thousands of topics, covering 170 industries and over 150 countries.  It is considered the "global no. 1 business data platform."
  • Infomory.com: Allows you to search for numerical data on virtually any topic.  It focuses on straight numbers, such as population, number of Google searches per day, etc.
  • Gapminder: A non-profit Swedish based platform that promotes the understanding of sustainability and ethical global development.  It provides data on socioeconomic topics like sustainability, environmentalism, and the global economy.
  • NationMaster: A website that is similar to Gapminder, but creates different types of graphs with the data it gathers.
  • Our World in Data: Provides statistical information on an international scale.  It covers common topics, such as demographics, population, and unemployment.
  • World Bank Data Catalog: Provides global numerical data on a variety of topics.

Government

The following web resources contain statistics from government agencies:

  • U.S. Census Bureau: Provides U.S. statistics on demographics, geography, health, and economics.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Provides labor statistics for the United States.
  • U.S.A.gov Statistics: A platform where you can discover data about the United States, such as demographic information, economic data, populations, and maps.
  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: Contains objective numerical data about the United States economy on state and federal levels.  Topics include gross domestic product (GDP), foreign trade, and industry statistics.
  • National Center for Education Statistics: Provides a list of federal government and statistical agencies (links included) with publicly accessible data.
  • Tax Statistics (IRS): Provides statistics related to taxes and the U.S. economy, such as income, IRS operations and budget, tax exempt organizations, and tax projections.

Public Data

The following web sources cover publicly accessible information, such as regional demographics and population statistics:

  • Google Public Data Explorer: Provides public graphical data from several organizations and academic institutions, including the World Bank, OECD, and Eurostat.  This resource is great for viewing statistics that have already been compiled into charts and graphs.
  • Data.gov: Home to the U.S. government's public statistics, which cover agriculture, climate, energy, local governments, maritime, and adult health.
  • StateMaster: A statistical repository that allows you to compare demographic data between different countries and U.S. states.

Social Sciences

The following websites contain statistics on topics in the social sciences:

  • Social Progress Index: Presents data that measures the quality of life across different countries, outside of economic factors.
  • Social Science Statistics: Offers free statistics for students and researchers on social science topics.  It also offers data analysis tools like statistical calculators, p-value calculators, and standard deviation calculators.

Sports

The following resources contain statistical data related to sports:

  • RotoWire: Specializes in statistical information in fantasy sports news and fantasy-style sports games.
  • Sports Reference: Contains sports statistics on baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, and some college sports.
  • SportsDatabase.com: A basic database that contains generic sports statistics.
  • TheSportsDB: An open-access sports statistics database that uses crowdsourcing to gather data.
  • NCAA.org: The official website for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • Statscrew.com: Provides a compilation of sports statistics in baseball, basketball, hockey, football, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis.

Due to how data is collected on some of these platforms, it is a good idea to verify the information you find with another source.  If you can locate the same information twice, then it is more likely to be accurate!

STEM

The following web resources provide statistics in the STEM fields: