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Statistical Data and Information: Search Tips

Searching for Statistics in Journal Articles

To find journal articles containing statistics on a topic, search a relevant database (see our list of databases or our Research Guides for specific databases).

In your search, you can add the terms surveys or statistics to your topic, as in these search examples:

  • rural health AND surveys
  • rural AND population AND statistics
  • diabetes AND United States AND statistics

Search the Online Catalog: Find Books, Videos & More

You can find the statistical publications the library holds by searching the I-Share catalog. Choose your keywords and add the word statistics and the state or country you are interested in. For example:
  • cancer statistics United States
  • transportation statistics Illinois
  • international trade statistics

If you find a relevant item, look at the government or organisations in the author field, or terms in the topics field to use in new searches.

Searching for Statistics on the Internet

To find statistics on the web, and in databases, search on your topic and the word statistics. For example:

  • automobile sales statistics
  • birth rate statistics
  • diabetes Illinois statistics

Not all the information you find on the Internet is accurate, up-to-date and reliable so you should carefully evaluate any resources from the web. See the Evaluation of Resources Research Guide.

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