Statistics are used in writing about many topics and assignments often require analyzing supporting statistics or raw data. As with any source that you use in your assignments, reliability and credibility are extremely important. You should always verify that the source of any statistics you use is valid and reliable. The resources listed on these pages have been identified by our librarians as generally reliable sources for statistical data, but it is not an exhaustive list. You may find additional reliable sources on your own.
Most federal (U.S.) statistics are collected from state and local agencies as governed by the Code of Federal Regulations and U.S. Statutes. Crime-related and health statistics are examples of this. Use the federal websites if you want to find information on more than one state or locale. If you would like to include a specific city/town or county in your search that is not reported in the various statistics kept at the federal level, then search for the equivalent state or local agency.
Please note: Data is available in different formats depending on the data source. In some cases, you will have a choice between formats. If you have questions regarding the best format, please consult your instructor. In other cases, only raw data is available, which will require you to download and run your own analysis of that data.
Finding statistical data can be a bit of a daunting task. Use the tips below to help you with your research.
Publications from Governments, International Organizations, and NGOs [transcript] is available above the video.