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Statistics: Introduction

This guide serves as a good starting place for finding statistics for your research.


The purpose of this guide is to provide key statistical resources and other useful related information.

This guide is based on: Statistical Resources Subject Guide by Jennifer Tsao, New York Institute of Technology.

Statistical Terms

This section allows you to view definitions for key terms used in statistics.

Search Tips

Here are five important search tips for finding statistics online

Tip 1: Favor sources consisting primarily of statistics, like almanacs, statistical compendia, and numeric databases.

Tip 2: At web sites, look for links to areas named Statistics; Publications, Reports, or Bulletins; Library or Archive(s); Data or Databases; and Press Release. 

Tip 3: In full text, look for statistics-indicating word patterns, such as: " According to a study/survey/report..." or "71 percent of Americans polled by Gallup..."

Tip 4: Look for data placed outside the text as figures, tables, charts, graphs, infoboxes, and captions.

Tip 5: Use numbers-indicating index terms, such as Statistics, Market share, Numeric, Demographics, Industry overview, and Forecasts.

--By Paula Berinstein, author of "Finding Statistics Online..."

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