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LOCATING STATISTICAL MATERIAL: Locate statistical resources when appropriate, to provide statistics on your topic. Statistics are a valuable kind of information in research because they can provide data for making comparisons and determining historical trends. When you write a term paper, your argument will, in many cases, be more convincing if you can use statistics to back up what you say.


  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - The BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, crime victims, and criminal justice operations.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics - US Department of Labor statistics
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics - Affiliated with the U.S. Department of Transportation, this site furnishes statistics on many aspects of transportation, including airline, international, state and local, and commodity flow. 
  • Census Bureau - US Census Bureau Data
  • CensusScope - Population Studies Center at University of Michigan's demographic census data
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Data and statistics from US Department of Health and Human Services
  • - statistical reports on the status of US children and their families
  • Crime in the United States 2000 - The FBI's report on United States' crime levels. Data in the report are compiled from approximately 17,000 law enforcement agencies as part of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The report, which contains detailed tables and charts throughout, is available in seven sections in .pdf format only. Sections include a summary, crime index offenses reported and cleared, persons arrested, an analysis of motor vehicle theft, and a section on law enforcement personnel.
  • Crime Statistics - Poynter Online
  • Datapedia of the United States (Ref HA202 .K87) <Norco & Moreno Valley Campus Libraries, only> - Datapedia of the United States presents the most significant historical statistics of the United States in 23 selected areas from 1776 to 1990. In some areas, such as demography, where projections are possible, the data are extended to 2010
  • Education Statistics - produced by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency
  • Digest of Education Statistics, 2001 - This report provides "a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school." Topics covered by the Digest include information on the number of US schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, as well as information on educational attainment, finances, Federal funds for education, employment and income of graduates, libraries, technology, and international comparisons.
  • Educational Rankings Annual (Ref LB2331.63 .E34) <at all 3 campus libraries> - Provides a collection of rankings and lists on education, compiled from educational and general interest published sources.
  • Facts on File (Ref D410 .F3) <at all 3 campus libraries>
  • FEDSTATS The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by over 70 governmental agencies for public use. Statistics include the latest social and economic indicators, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and regional statistics. This site may be searched by keyword, agency, or program.
  • Food Surveys (Food & Nutrition Information Center) - information & statistics about American eating habits & their consequences
  • Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics (Ref HD8051 .A63) <at all 3 campus libraries>
  • Highway Statistics Series - from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
  • U.S. Census Bureau Housing Topics - American Housing Survey for 1997 data on the
    nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, & vacant housing units. Data are shown for household characteristics, income, housing & neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment & fuels, size of housing unit, & recent movers. Historical Tables shows trends since the first housing census in 1940. There is also data on home ownership, affordability, market absorption of apartments, & New York City specifically. Some documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • InfoNation - Provides up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations. Includes geographic and social indicators as well as demographic and economic.
  • Information Plus (Ref HN59.2 .I53) <at all 3 campus libraries>
  • Injury Facts - (Ref HA217 .A4) <at all 3 campus libraries>
  • International Data Base (IDB) - An excellent, interactive, searchable database of international demographics and socioeconomic statistics on 227 countries and dependencies. IDB is a product of the US Census Bureau's International Programs Center.
  • International Labor Statistics - provides international comparisons of hourly compensation 
    costs; productivity & unit labor costs; labor force, employment & unemployment rates; & consumer prices
  • International Marketing Data and Statistics (Ref HA42 .I56) <at all 3 campus libraries>
  • Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey - Data from a monthly household survey providing "a comprehensive body of information on the employment and unemployment experience of the nation's population, classified by age, sex, race, and a variety of other characteristics." Includes how the government measures unemployment; definitions of labor force concepts; usual weekly earnings of wage and salary workers; employment situation of Vietnam-era veterans; college enrollment and work activity of high school graduates; summer employment and unemployment among youth; union members; worker displacement; workers on flexible and shift schedules; and national and local unemployment statistics. From the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • National Center for Health Statistics 
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
  • Occupational Employment Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • POPClocks - watch the ever growing population with Website counters that display the statistics for the USA and the world.  
  • Population Reference Bureau A non-profit organization dedicated to providing timely, objective information on U.S. and international population trends.
  • Religion Statistics - Statistics covering membership in "over 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc." Indexes of religion by country and by name; statistics on largest communities of religions by countries and states of the U. S.; religious affiliations of U. S. presidents and current members of Congress.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (or in paper copy in the Riverside campus Library as well as the Norco campus Library - Ref HV7245 .N37)
  • State and County QuickFacts - census information for national, state, & county levels. Tables include People Facts, Business Facts, & Geographical Facts 
  • State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS) - US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) data through 2010
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States 2001
  • Statistical Record of Children (Ref HQ767.8 .S73) <Riverside City & Norco Campus Libraries, only>
  • Statistical Record of Women Worldwide (Ref HQ1150 S73) <at all 3 campus libraries>
  • Statistical Resources on the Web - produced by the Univ. of Michigan
  • Uniform Crime Reports for the United States or Crime in the United States as it is also known (or in paper copy in the Norco, Moreno Valley and Riverside city campus libraries at: Ref HV6787 A3) 
  • United Nations' Monthly Bulletin of Statistics For full information you must pay to subscribe to the site, however, a small free area provides a sampling of UN data in numerous categories.
  • U.S. Economy at a Glance - Recent monthly economic data for the United States and each of the 50 states. Data also available for regional and metropolitan areas. Entries include unemployment rate, average hourly earnings, consumer & producer prices indexes, etc.
  • U.S. Historical Census Data - on people & the economy for each state & county from 1790 to 1960
  • USA Statistics in Brief - USA Statistics in Brief is a supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States and presents national summary data and state population estimates in categories ranging from population to energy to foreign commerce.
  • Voting & Registration Data - statistics from the Current Population Survey on U.S. voting & voter registration by various demographic & socioeconomic characteristics
  • Worldwide Census Information
  • - Global statistics - The site is divided into several parts. There are parts dealing with the regions of the world & the countries belonging to that region. Then there is a more global part with statistics on every country of the world. There is also a part with rankings. The most, largest, longest, wealthiest, etc.