There are several definitions for the term statistics, depending on who you ask. Below are some of the most common definitions:
Regardless of definition, statistics are a critical element of the quantitative research process. Knowing where to locate statistics can be tricky because not all sources contain statistical data.
Statistical resources are print and electronic items that contain statistical information and data about a particular subject. They typically take the form of numbers, data sets, graphs, and/or charts. They can also be found on several platforms, but are often stored in electronic databases, printed books, business reports, and/or government documents. Common places to search for statistics also include government websites, publicly accessible statistics websites, and local printed publications. The proceeding pages demonstrate how to locate statistics via different parts of the library.
You can use statistics and statistical resources in many contexts, including the research process. To learn more about using statistics in the research process, view the quantitative methods section of our Research Methodologies guide.