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Finding Statistics and Data

How and where to find statistics and datasets

Statistics and Data

Welcome to the Cornette Library's guide for statistics and data!

This guide provides information on finding datasets and statistics through a variety of resources. The Cornette Library subscribes to databases which contain statistics, data, or datasets. There are also a large number of freely available statistics and datasets on a wide array of subjects.

What are Statistics?

Statistics provide an interpretation and summary of data. They are usually presented as tables, charts, or graphs. They can also be reports of numbers or percentages. A statistic will answer such questions as "how much" or "how many." You should use statistics when you need to make a point or support your argument.

Statistical Table Adult Attendance at Sports Events by Frequency 2010

Source:  Statistical Abstracts of the United States


New to Statistics?

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) Core:  Statistics is a video textbook which introduces the concepts and application of the collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data. The animated lessons provide an understanding of statistics beneficial to a wide range of disciplines. The scientist-in-action videos demonstrate the application of related concepts in classical and original research experiments.

What is Data?

Data is made of up raw numbers, usually with a number of different variables. These numbers often come from research that was conducted as part of a survey or study, and is a primary source. You should look for data when you need raw numbers to complete your own statistics analysis for research. Data is often in the form of a digital data set (or dataset) that can be analyzed using software such as Excel, SPSS, SAS, and so on.

Data for Voter Turnout for 2014 Texas Constitutional Amendments


Source:  Capitol Data Portal