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Data is factual information used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation. It can be either quantitative or qualitative and can be represented in a variety of forms such as graphs, tables, or charts. Statistics are numerical data that has been organized and interpreted.
Data/Statistics can be found in a variety of sources including databases, websites, and print publications. Below are some commonly used sources to find data in a variety of disciplines.
For more subject-specific data sources, consult the applicable subject guide.
Statista This link opens in a new window
Provides access to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries.
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets This link opens in a new window
Provides access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.
Data Citation Index
Part of Thomson Reuters' Web of Science, Data Citation Index provides access to research data from repositories across disciplines and around the world. Through linked content and summary information, this data is displayed within the broader context of the scholarly research, enabling users to gain perspective that is lost when data sets or repositories are viewed in isolation. These connections allow researchers to access an array of data across subjects and regions.
Search for government data from across the U.S. Federal Government.
• Enter keywords in the search box.
• Browse on the left side through types, tags, formats, groups, organization types, organizations, and categories. Clicking on multiple items narrows your search. You can click on the “x” to the side of any single item to remove it from the search, or “clear all” to remove all selected items in a category.
• Search by geospatial area by drawing a boundary box on the map at the left side and clicking “Apply” to find all datasets that are tagged for that geographic area.
Explore Census Data
Statistical data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau include population, housing, economic and geographic information.
Feeling overwhelmed by the official Census website? Consider trying Census Reported. Census Reporter is an independent project of the Northwestern University to make it easier for journalists to write stories using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
ICPSR This link opens in a new window
The Web site provides quick and easy access, with efficient search and browse capabilities, to the world's largest archive of more than 28 digital datasets in social sciences and related areas. The site also provides information about ICPSR and its services and programs, as well as other related resources and instructional documentation.
A global statistical database, covering all United Nations countries and areas.
Get access to data through searching, browsing, or by theme.
Our World in Data
Our World in Data is a collaborative project between researchers at the University of Oxford, who are the scientific editors of the website content; and the non-profit organization Global Change Data Lab, who publishes and maintains the website and the data tools.