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Statistical Sources

When doing research you will often need to back up your thesis argument with statistical evidence. Numerous resources are available which provide such information.The most persuasive arguments will include statistics in the form of tables and charts to support the findings of the research. Here are a few statistical resources that can help add authority to your own research.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Most of the data comes from federal agencies; some comes from private institutions.

It has an index in the back of the book that is arranged by subject to refer you to data tables in the body of the text.

World Almanac

Another source of statistical data and factual information is The World Almanac and Book of Facts. Almanacs are generally published annually and cover a wide range of topics. You can lookup sports statistics, consult historical timelines, get factual information about countries and world religions, and much more. The World Almanac is a good source to consult when you need to quickly locate a fact or statistic.

When searching the library online catalog by subject, you can add the word statistics to a topic to find statistical resouces in the library collection.

Examples:

discrimination statistics

violence statistics

education statistics

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