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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

Gateways/Directories/Research Guides
Selected Web Sites
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Office of Justice Programs.
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
    “The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.”
  • Eurostat
    "Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg." Click on the Data top menu options and then choose Statistics A-Z to look up statistics by theme alphabetically; or to browse, select Database from the Data menu option. The Publications menu option includes access to the Eurostat yearbooks and the News menu option includes Themes in the Spotlight.
  • Gapminder
    Presents statistical data on Global trends and issues with animated presentations, and interactive, customizable charts.
  • Historical Election Statistics (Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives)
    "Official vote counts for federal elections since 1920 from the official sources compiled by the Office of the Clerk."  Records are in .PDF format.
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    "The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education." 
  • Register & Vote in Your State
    Use the links to the state government sites to explore voting results. United States Election Assistance Commission.
  • The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
    Cornell University
  • Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics
    • Explore the Facts and Research and Scholarship menu options.
  • UNdata: A World of Information
    Searches include a keyword Data search (default), a Glossary, and a Country Profiles search (found under More). To find direct links to the national statistics offices of many countries go to More and select About UNdata. Next, in the left column click Country links to UNdata. Provided by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Click on the Explore Data tab to find data tools and visualizations.
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    Explore especially the Health Topics, Countries, and Emergencies drop down menus. Click the Regions tab at the homepage's extreme upper left to select WHO pages for specific geographical areas.
  • WDI World Development Indicators (The World Bank Group)
    World Bank Group's World Development Indicators.
Public Opinion Resources

See also the following Research Guides: (Note: Not all content is open access.)
Primary Sources
Explore the below guides to find primary sources:
Additionally, explore the following video databases:
  • American History in Video Restricted Resource
  • Kanopy (Emmanuel users) Restricted Resource
    Kanopy is a streaming video resource with a board collection of over 26,000 films on every subject imaginable and from leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, HBO California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, First Run Features, The Video Project, Documentary Education Resources. Kanopy’s website makes it easy to watch, share and discuss films across campus.
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