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Sources of statistical information and data sets
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Books about Using and Presenting Statistical Data

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The Wall Street journal guide to information graphics : the dos and don'ts of presenting data, facts, and figures - Dona M. Wong
Call Number: HF5718.22 .W65 2010
ISBN: 9780393072952
Dos and don'ts of presenting data, facts, and figures

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Presenting your findings : a practical guide for creating tables - Adelheid A. M. Nicol
Call Number: HA31 .N53 1999
ISBN: 1557985936
Analyzing and presenting statistical findings

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Just plain data analysis : finding, presenting, and interpreting social science data - Gary M. Klass
Call Number: HA29 .K58 2008
ISBN: 9780742560529
Finding and analyzing political, social, and economic data, creating good tables and charts

Graphics simplified : how to plan and prepare effective charts, graphs, illustrations, and other visual aids - Arthur J. MacGregor
Call Number: NC1000.M3
ISBN: 0802063632
How to prepare effective visual aids and graphical presentations of data

Describing Data
This online video shows you how to use and present various kinds of data.

Statistics and Data: Top Sources

These are some of the best sources for general statistical information on nations, states, demographics, and other topics of general significance.  Most are web sites hosted by government agencies or reputable research organizations.

Also see our useful lists of sources of statistics and data by topic, under the tab near the top of this page.

  • FedStats
    Statistical reports from U.S. government agencies. Note that the "search" option is a link near the bottom of the page.
  • American Fact Finder
    Census data on population, housing, economics, and geography
  • Statista  Icon
    Statista provides users with an innovative and intuitive tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information.
    Data sets and applications for analyzing and presenting them, compiled by U.S. government departments and agencies.
  • NationMaster
    A compilation of international data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Generate maps and graphs using various statistics.
  • State Master
    A statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states
  • Country Watch
    Detailed reports on 162 countries with statistics, maps, and news
  • American Community Survey
    Community demographics estimated from census data. viewable by state or zip code.
  • ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
    The world's largest archive of digital social science data
  • UNdata
    This resource "brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point."
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States  Icon
    Social, political, and economic statistics of the United States from 1878 to 2012.

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These guides introduce concepts that may help you understand research assignments and learn to find useful sources.

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