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Reference Books (Print)
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (2003) Reference HC15 .O94 2003
  • Terms of Trade: Glossary of International Economics (2006) Reference HF1373 .D43 2006
Reference Books (Online)
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General Considerations for Finding Statistics
1. Explore the web sites of specific government/private agencies based on your topic, e.g. U.S. Department of Labor.
2. Explore research articles on your topic and identify the datasets that are commonly used.

3. When searching the Internet using Google.com, includes site:.gov or site:.edu in your search phrase (to limit your results to governmental or educational web sites, respectively).
Example: "higher education" and (statistics or dataset or "data set") and site:.gov
Data and Statistical Resources
United States
See also the Country Information Guide for International Statistics
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    Explore Economic Accounts by Type for national, international, regional, and industry data. Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
    The purpose of the BTS is "to administer data collection, analysis, and reporting and to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources."  
  • Data.gov
    "The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government." Click the Data tab to conduct a keyword search of datasets. Narrow your search or browse by filters on the left.
  • National Historical Geographic Information System
    "[P]rovides population, housing, agricultural, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for geographic units in the United States from 1790 to the present."
  • U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Click on the Explore Data tab to find data tools and visualizations.
  • Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM)
    " The FCSM was created by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to inform and advise OMB and the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP) on methodological and statistical issues that affect the quality of Federal data."
  • Federal Reserve
    Click on the Economic Research and Data tabs for data releases, working papers, and other research resources.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    Select Research & Data from the top menu and, then, select FRED [Federal Reserve Economic Data] Economic Data, which "is an online database consisting of more than 237,000 economic data time series from national, international, public, and private sources."