Why use statistics?
Use statistics to support research, a hypothesis, or a point of view.
How do I find statistics?
Search a database: Two good starting places are:
- ProQuest Statistical Insight: Searchable database of statistical tables from a variety of sources including U.S. federal and state governments, international agencies, business and research associations, and more. [GALILEO password required for off-campus use]
- Social Explorer: Allows users to access and visually represent U.S. demographic data from 1790 to present through interactive maps and tables. [GALILEO password required for off-campus use]
Find a source: Most statistics are produced by government agencies or nonprofit associations. If you know who might collect statistics on your subject, you can go straight to the source. Examples of online sources for statistics include:
United States Government
- Statistical Abstract of the United States: Annual compendium of statistics on social and economic conditions in the U.S. Earlier years going back to 1878 are available both online and in paper in the UGA Libraries.
- Historical Statistics of the United States: Data tables going back to colonial times on demographics, social issues, health, economics and government. [GALILEO password required for off-campus use.]
- American Factfinder: Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau
- State and County Quickfacts (Census Bureau): Facts about people, business, and geography for states, counties, and cities and towns over 25,000 people.
- FedStats: Links to statistics from over 100 agencies
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports: Crime statistics collected from law enforcement agencies nationwide
- World Bank Data on Education
- OECD iLibrary: Country-by-country data on economics, finance, employment, environment, health, education and population from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development. [GALILEO password required for off-campus use]
- United Nations Statistics Division: Collection of databases of statistics collected by the UN
Georgia State Government
- Georgia Statistics System: County and state data with some historical data going back 50 years.
- UGA Factbooks: Annual record of enrollment, student characteristics, faculty, staff, and more at the University of Georgia. Available online from 1996 to present and in the Main Library from 1969 to present.
The UGA Libraries have several guides to finding statistics:
You can also use the library catalog GIL-Find to find books containing statistics: Type statistic* and your keyword.
For example, to find books containing statistics on agriculture:
- Type statistic* agriculture
- Change the drop-down menu from 'All Fields' to 'Title/Subject'