Statistical data and information can be a very powerful tool when presenting ideas and research in either a paper or a speech. They are often used to persuade and convince people when they are confronted with a choice or decision. However, statistics and data can be very challenging to understand, utilize, and apply.
Whenever you are faced with statistical information you will want to ask: Is this data sufficient? Where does the data come from? Who collected this data? How did they collect the data? What other data is needed?
For resources on statistical information, search the e-book collections listed below to find other books on statistics.
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American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys. Included are sources for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Use Community Facts search to find population facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data about your comunity by state, county, city, town, or zip code.
The Population Reference Bureau is an independent organization that “informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.” Topics include aging, education, environment, gender, health/nutrition/ HIV/AIDS, Immigration/migration, income/poverty, marriage/family, population basics, race/ethnicity, reproductive health, and youth.
The U.S. Census Bureau site has many statistical resources for people and households, business and industry, and geography. Included are links to state and county QuickFacts and Statistical Abstract of the United States.