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Statistical Sources

A guide to finding statistics

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

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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 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 U of A Library for books, journals, or other media containing statistics on your topic, use statistics as part of your keyword search. Additional search tips can be found here.

* For information on digital (raw) data, see the Data LibGuide:

FIRST STEPS

These megasites can answer most basic Canadian and international socioeconomic/demographic statistical questions

STATISTICS CANADA WEBSITE
The first place to look for Canadian statistics, from the national to the sub-municipal level. This primary website offers site search by keyword, by Subjectby Data Source, current and historical Censuses of Canada, 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 the Facts & Figures link for Municipal Census results or search by the keyword statistics.

UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU
Omnibus source of statistical information for the United States at the federal, state, county, and municipal level. For pre-2012 statistics, the Statistical Abstract of the United States has data dating back to 1878 and even to colonial times. Table footnotes provide links to sources of further information.

UNdata
Internet data service bringing many United Nations (and U.N. IGO/NGO) statistical databases within easy reach of the general public through a single entry point.

SUBJECT LIBRARIAN

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Anna Bombak
Contact:
abombak@ualberta.ca