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Search for Statistics

You can find statistics in newspaper articles and books, on websites, in library databases, and more. Here are some useful places to look for statistical sources.

Library Resources

The library catalog holds books and articles with statistical information. In the Advanced Catalog Search, search for your topic, then add a criteria and type in statistics.

Search the Web

There are statistical sources available on the Web. Use either the word statistics or data with your topic keywords, along with .gov, .org or, .edu to find reliable results.

This image shows a search on Google for statistics about carbon emissions. Arrows on the image point to results that vary between sponsored ads, governing bodies, and regulatory institutions.

  • Watch out for sponsored results that look like regular search results, like the British Petroleum (BP) advertisement in the image.
  • The other search results are from government (.gov) websites and organizations (.org).