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Last Updated: Oct 16, 2014     Views: 13

A quick method for finding U.S. government statistics is consulting the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Use the subject index in the rear of the publication (note: the references in the index refer to table numbers not page numbers).

When you locate a table that contains statistics on the subject you are interested in, look at the "source" information at the bottom of the table in the explanatory materials. It will provide you with a reference to the original source of the statistics. Consult that document for more detailed statistics on the topic.

Gelman Library also maintains a number of subscription databases that provide statistical resources such as ProQuest  Statistical Insight and Historical Statistics of the United States. For a complete listing of the statistical databases Gelman make available, go here

To access Gelman databases off campus, you must log into My Aladin.

Also, be sure to check the sites of the government agencies that collect statistics such as the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts for example.

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