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How do I...get started with academic research

This guide will walk you through the basics of academic research.

How to find statistics

Here are some great places to go for statistics:

  • American Factfinder - source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. 
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Banking and monetary statistics and information about monetary policy.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis  - economic statistics that enable decision makers, researchers, and the public to follow the performance of the nation's economy. 
  • CIA World Factbook - new data on every country, every year; create comparison tables by military geography, people, economy, communications, and transportation.
  • College Navigator - statistics and data on colleges and universities around the United States including retention rates.
  • Country Reports on Terrorism  - from the U.S. State Department, reports by country, by region, safe haven territories, state sponsored terrorism, terrorist organizations.
  • FedStats - statistics from government agencies, search by topics A - Z, Statistical profiles of States, counties, cities, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts, and by agency.
  • OFFSTATS - the emphasis is on global issues and topics, from New Zealand. 
  • Roanoke College statistics- numbers about Roanoke College students including majors, Greek affiliation, GPA, etc.
  • Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. - the "bible" for statistics; numbers from peanuts to nuclear power plants to high school dropouts.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census - housing, income, poverty, business owners, health insurance - it's all here. 
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - unemployment, consumer price index, health care costs, sports and fitness participation, the price of your Thanksgiving turkey, and more.  
  • U. S. International Trade in Goods and Services - create charts by state, by products, or between U.S. and another country.
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