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Statistical Sources

A guide to finding statistics

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

Statistics are a type of information obtained through mathematical operations on numerical data. Data are collected through research or through administrative record-keeping; summaries of these data are usually called statistics. "Statistics" is also a subject discipline.

* For information on statistics as a field of study, contact:
Dept. of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Statistical Division


* If searching the UA Libraries for books, journals, or other media containing statistics on your topic, use "statistics" as part of your keyword search.

* For information on digital research data, see the Data Library Guide:

FIRST STEPS

These five free megasites should enable you to answer most basic Canadian and international socio-economic and demographic statistical questions:

STATISTICS CANADA WEBSITE
The first place to look for Canadian statistics, from the national to the municipal level. This huge website offers: site search by keyword; Browse by SubjectBrowse by Key Resource; the CANSIM statistical database, the Census, and much more.

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA -- OSI
The Alberta government’s Office of Statistical Information provides detailed economic and social statistics at the provincial and municipal level.

CITY OF EDMONTON
The City of Edmonton’s website provides many local statistics not found in other sources, such as the Municipal Census, neighbourhood crime statistics, election turnout counts, etc. Use their Facts & Figures link or keyword-search by "statistics".

STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES
Omnibus source of statistical information for the United States at the federal, state, county, and municipal level up to 2012. Has data dating back to 1878 and even to colonial times. Table footnotes provide links to sources of further information. For post-2012 statistics, use the US Census Bureau's portal website and search by topic.

UNdata
Internet data service bringing many United Nations (+ UN IGO & NGO) statistical databases within easy reach of the general public through a single entry point.

SUBJECT LIBRARIAN

Anna Bombak
Contact:
abombak@ualberta.ca
780-492-2202