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.
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
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.
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.