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Statistics Subject Guide: Strategies
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Strategies for finding statistics:
Issues to consider
- the exact data you want may not have been collected or published
- consider broadening or altering your search (e.g., if you cannot find a statistic for a specific city, perhaps the same statistic for a state will do)
- statistics take a lot of time to gather and compile, so the latest data available may be several years old
- consider who would gather the statistics you want, and search their website or publications (e.g., health statistics for Pennsylvania are gathered and published by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health)
Finding statistics published in books
The following strategies will help you search the Library Catalog effectively for statistics.
|statistics and [topic]||statistics and birth control|
|statistics and [location]||statistics and europe|
|statistics and [topic] and [location]||statistics and poverty and united states
statistics and labor and pennsylvania
To find older statistics add the keyword " historical " to your search.
Finding too little? Try a broader search approach. For example, just search on statistics on the topic, and don't limit to a specific location.
Finding too much? Try using more specific keywords, or consider limiting your search to books located in the Library's Reference Stacks.
Finding statistical studies published as journal articles
Statistical studies published as journal articles tend to be on very specific topics, and it can be very challenging to search for them.
Choose a database relevant to your topic to search for statistical data and studies.
JSTOR is a good source for published statistical studies on a variety of topics.
Contact the liaison librarian for your discipline for additional assistance.
Last Updated: 10/15/10