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NDL 301: Information Fluency - Finding Statistics

Spring 2010
These sources and suggestions should help you with the statistics case study.


Table of Contents:

Finding Statistics in Secondary Sources
Reference books, scholarly studies, and even newspaper articles often include statistics. These are some potential sources.
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
    Macmillan Reference 2002
    Covers issues in law, criminology, and sociology; includes references to classic studies and recent research for further digging. Though the focus tends to emphasis the US, international perspectives are included. One of the best sources available for overall coverage of the field.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 6017 .E52 2002
    4 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior
    Brunner-Routledge 2001
    Covers history and theory, crime, sexual deviance, and self-destructive behaviors in substantial, scholarly essays.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 6017 .E53 2001
    4 vols.
  • Annual Review of Sociology
    Annual volume of review essays that examine an issue in depth and provide a review of relevant research.
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
Seeking Stats from Government Agencies and Organizations
If you can figure out who might count something, you're halfway there. It may be that the organization or agency doesn't keep track of what you are interested in on a regular basis, but may have published some information in a report or analysis. It almost always requires some poking and prodding, and you still have to figure out how the numbers were gathered and when.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations
    Detroit, Gale Research Co. 2011
    A comprehensive source of detailed information on over 135,000 nonprofit membership organizations. Shelved behind the reference desk. You have to use the index to locate information on a particular organization.
    • Location(s): Ready Ref AS 22 .E5 2011
And Of Course ... Wikipedia
Wikipedians do an amazingly good job of compiling sources of statistics for debatable topics in one place. Give it a try.

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