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Statistics

Finding Statistics from Credible Internet Sources

Learn More About Statistics

1. Think about who might collect the data.

  • Could it have been collected by a government agency?
  • A nonprofit/nongovernmental organization?
  • A private business or industry group?
  • Academic researchers?

2. Look for publications that cite the dataset

  • e.g. scholarly articles or government reports.

3. Once you know that what you want exists, it's time to hunt it down.

  • Is it freely available on the web? Check Google—you never know!
  • Or part of a package to which the library already subscribes?
  • Is it something we can buy? (And is it within the library's budget and can the purchase be made quickly enough to fit your timeframe?)
  • Can it be requested directly from the researcher? There’s a reason articles usually include author contact information.

From UC San Diego Library, Finding Data & Statistics: What is Data?

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