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Spring 2021 reference (research) help:
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Go to Research Tools > World Data Analyst for country snapshots, country comparisons (current and chronological), and ranked statistics.
From the Website: "Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions."
Foreign Trade Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau trade statistics.
International Social Survey Programme
This resource is an excellent source of statistical information on a wide variety of subjects in the social sciences, including the environment, national identity, social networks, family and changing gender roles, religion, leisure, and the role of government. Data is collected from 43 countries around the world and made available to researchers in raw form for further study. This website also includes a comprehensive bibliography of publications using ISSP data.
International Trade and Tariff Data
From the World Trade Organization.
Statistical Abstract of the World - Ref HA 154 .S83
Presents data on over 180 countries, covering geography, demographics, education, science and technology, government and law, and economics. Sources for all data are noted, and an appendix lists and describes sources, offering important leads to additional data.
Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web
A cleanly-organized and helpful guide to US and world statistical sources. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Illustrated Book of World Rankings - Ref HA 155 .K87 2001
Offers comparative data ranking nations of the world in categories relating to population, military power, the economy, trade, the environment, health, crime, cities, and more.
United Nations Statistics Division
Links to statistics on trade, demographics, social issues, energy, the environment and industry.
World Bank Data
Searchable by topic or country, provides statistical data on agriculture, education, the environment, health, industry, poverty, and many other topics.
World Factbook (CIA)
Provides country profiles.
Questions to Consider
When looking for statistics, ask yourself these questions:
- Who/what would collect statistics on my topic?
Governments tend to collect many kinds of statistics as do news organizations, polling places, institutes, think tanks and researchers also collect data.
- How would statistics on my topic be made public?
You can find statistics in a number of places, both in print and online. Not every statistic is publicly available, however.
- What possible barriers might prevent me from finding statistics on my topic?
Statistics for your topic might not be public or available in a neat package. There might be language barriers. Data may simply not have been collected on your topic.
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