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Listed below are sources for basic statistical information. For a more comprehensive guide to statistical information, please see the Resource Guide for Social Sciences Data.

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American FactFinder  full text icon
Current; a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about your community, your economy, and your society. [This resource is publicly available.]

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online  full text icon
Current; a reference site for students and educators synthesizing editorially reviewed websites and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Polling the Nations  
1986-present; Polling the Nations is a compilation of more than 14,000 surveys conducted by more than 700 polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each of the records reports a question asked and the responses given, the polling organization responsible for the work, the date the information was released, the sample size, and the universe, i.e., the groups or areas included in the interview.

ProQuest Statistical Publications and DataSets  full text icon  
ProQuest Statistical DataSets provides fast and easy access to 12 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets. Scan the contents of over 580 datasets, select subjects and variables of interest, and view data in side-by-side tables and charts. Data includes numerous federal sources such as the Bureau of Labor, the Census, the IRS, and the FBI. International sources include the China Data Center, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Deutsche Boerse Group, Bombay Stock Exchange, and more. Results are customizable and instantaneous, with indicators arranged in folders by topic and source. Access statistics that are much more current than what is published, plus local data, time series typically extending back an average span of 34 years, and necessary bibliographic/citation information.

World Development Indicators  full text icon  
Current; published by the World Bank, WDI contains statistical data for over 550 development indicators and time series data from 1960-2003 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.

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