Finding Statistics, Data, and Evidence

Things to Remember: 

It takes time to compile data. -- the most recent data available might still be several years old.

Cite data from its original source --- the organization that gathered it.

Statista  aggregates statistical data on over 600 international industries from more than 18,000 sources, including market researchers, trade organizations, scientific journals, and government databases. 

Government Statistics

FedStats - Contains statistics from over 100 U.S. government agencies, statistics are listed by subject, geographical location (ranging from international to local), and by agency.

Click on Search at the bottom left, or click on Topic Links at the top left to browse topics.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

Online treasuretrove of criminal justice-related statistics organized by category, including: public opinion, crim, victims, arrests, seizures, courts, prosecution, sentencing, parole, prisons, the death penalty & many more controversial issues.

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. - comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the U.S.  
Google Search - Search keyword(s) related to your topic, followed by the term statistics, and then site:gov, which limits your search to government websites. This search might also return state and local government data:


Scholarly articles that document research studies may contain evidential data, expert analysis, statistics, or cite statistics from other studies. This information may often be used as evidence in your paper.

Use the Advanced Library Search.

Keyword suggestions: "topic" and
(research or study or statistics or data)



Use Google Scholar

Linking to Google Scholar from here or the library database page allows access to any full-text that is available through the library.


Information Plus Reference Series provides statistical data on today's most controversial and studied social issues. The incuded statistics are fully cited providing the information needed to locate the data from its original source.

Print copies are in the Ready Reference collection, 1st floor Munday Library.  Check the library catalog for current list of topics available.


Looking Back
Historical Statistics of the United States
Statistical Abstracts of the United States 
(discontinued in 2012)
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