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.
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.
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.
Source: Capitol Data Portal