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Many of the resources listed here will contain statistics broken down to cover smaller geographic groups.  For example: International Sources mayl contain statistics for each country also; national sources may contain materials divided by state; and so on.

The organization and division descriptions are taken from the group's website.


Sources about Statistics

  • Britannica Guide to Statistics and Probability  

  • Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics    - Nearly 4000 terms are defined, covering medical, survey, theoretical, and applied statistics, including computational and graphical aspects. Includes graphical material to aid understanding.  

  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences  Provides information about statistical theory and its applications in various scientific fields. New updates cover topics from computer technology to genetics.

  • Sources about Statistics

    • Encyclopedia of Social Measurement
      This resource captures the data, techniques, theories, designs, applications, histories, and implications of assigning numerical values to social phenomena.
    • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences
      2nd ed. Corresponds to 16 volumes of the print reference. Provides information about statistical theory and its applications in various scientific fields. New updates cover topics from computer technology to genetics.
    • Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics
      Nearly 4000 terms are defined, covering medical, survey, theoretical, and applied statistics, including computational and graphical aspects. Includes graphical material to aid understanding.

    Reference Sources

    Britannica Book of the Year (2010) The people and events that shaped the year. Serves as a great reference source for the latest news on the ever changing populations, governments, and economies throughout the world.


    Data Sets for Analysis

    AllAcademic - a multi disciplinary research center focusing on the study of lives over time. It is a national repository for social and behavioral science data on human development and social change. The primary criteria for evaluating data sets for inclusion in the archive is the usefulness of the data for secondary analysis, replication or longitudinal follow-up.

    Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) - Provides a range of data including a searchable data archive and Internet Resources,

    Council of European Social Science Data Archives - CESSDA member organisations Serves some 30,000+ social science and humanities researchers and students within the European Research Area annually, providing access to 25,000 data collections, delivering over 70,000 data collections acquiring a further 1,000 data collections each year. Use the CESSDA Catalogue to search for data.

    DataFerrett -  data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. (FERRETT stands for Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction, and Tabulation Tool.) Using DataFerrett, you can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets that are as versatile and complex as your usage demands.

    Geostat Center at the Scholars' Lab, University of Virginia Library- provides access to data such as County Business Patterns, National Income and Product Accounts, and other social science data. Some Scholars' lab resources are limited to University of Virginia faculty and students.

    Institute for Social and Economic Research - An up-to-date guide to major longitudinal sources of data, whose purpose is to allow users to see what kinds of longitudinal data are available and to locate information about studies which may provide data useful to their research interests.

    Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social research (ICPSR) - International consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. Maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

    National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect - Acquires microdata from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis.

    National Institute on Aging (National Institutes on Health) - one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people - includes Publicly Available Datasets:

    • Census International  -  access to demographic data for over 25 years to governments, academics, other organizations, and the public. It is funded by organizations that sponsor the research of the Census Bureau's International Programs Center.
    • NCHS Trends in Health and Aging - information on the trends in behaviors, health status, socio-economic status, health care utilization, health care insurance, and cost of care for the older population of the United States.
    • Older American 2010  - latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care

    ORC (National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago - an independent research organization, working with NORC experts, clients obtain the data and analysis needed to drive evidence-based decisions and improve public policy in fields such as health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment

    Norwegian Social Science Data Services - one of the largest archives for research data of its kind and provides data to researchers and students in Norway and abroad. Assists researchers with regard to data gathering, data analysis, and issues of methodology, privacy and research ethics. NSDdata is a collection of datasets published in Nesstar, thoroughly documented with study descriptions and survey questions. Some datasets can be analyzed on-line or downloaded for further analysis; while others require the submission of an electronic application form.

    Odum Institute for Research in Social Science - Multidisciplinary social science university institute. Data on social science or health topics.

    Princeton University Data and Statistical Services  - Access to downloadable statistical data, such as Economic Time Series, Census Data, and International Data Sources.

    Roper Center for Public Opinion Research - archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.

    Sociological Data Archive : Prague - The Sociological Data Archive at the Institute of Sociology in Prague is a library of computerized data files from sociological surveys

    UNESCO Institute - collects education data from about 200 countries and territories through two annual surveys. Both are based on similar definitions and concepts which ensures the international comparability of the data. Their database: Data Centre  contains over 1,000 types of indicators and raw data on education, literacy, science and technology, culture and communication and  collects the data for more than 200 countries from Member States and international organizations. Administered jointly by the UIS, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).

    UK Institutional Repository Search - Content stored in institutional and academic repositories with a platform that pulls together disparate content, making it easier to search data in ways that meet personal or contextual needs.

    University of California - DATA -  Berkeley's principal archive of digitized social science data and statistics.

    University of Wisconsin - Data and Information Services Center (DISC) - includes major surveys from a variety of distributors (including ICPSR), U.S. government data, and locally produced archival datasets. Is cross-disciplinary, reflecting research interests in the social sciences. Longitudinal surveys, macroeconomic indicators, election studies, population studies, socialization patterns, poverty measures, labor force participation, public opinion polls, education and health data, and local/national/international governmental statistics are among the subjects represented.


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