Topic Guides
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Finding Statistics and Data From Government Agencies

Librarian Subject Specialists

Marcia Meister
mlmeister@ucdavis.edu — (530) 752‑9784 — Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Services (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/hss/)
Juri Stratford
jtstratford@ucdavis.edu — (530) 752‑9783 — Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Services (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/hss/)

Databases

ProQuest Statistical Insight (http://web.lexis-nexis.com/statuniv) [Restricted] VPN
ProQuest Statistical Insight combines Index and abstract records previously available from print indexes: American Statistics Index (ASI) from 1973, and Index to International Statistics (IIS)from 1980. ProQuest Statistical Insight enables searching indexes and tables for statistics produced by the U.S. government and major international organizations. The database includes some statistical tables as well as abstracts, or summaries, of statistical publications. The Library has many of the publications indexed in print or electronic format.
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  • LexisNexis Insight User Guide (http://library.lexisnexis.com/ksc_assets/subscriber_resources/lnsi_guidebook.pdf)PDF
  • Youtube tutorial on how to use LexisNexis Statistical Insight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ocGiw20rDc)
  • Guide to government statistical resources online (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/govinfo/guides/statistics.php)
  • American statistics index (ASI) indexes and abstracts the contents of federal government statistical publiscations. The print index is located in Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services.
  • Index to international statistics (IIS)indexes and abstracts statistical publications of international organizations such as the U.N., UNESCO and IMF. The print index is located in Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services.
ICPSR Social Science Data Holdings (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/index.jsp) [Restricted] VPN
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest archive of digital social science data. ICPSR acquires, preserves, and distributes original research data. This site links to training and curricular material, and a database which provides access to publications based on ICPSR data holdings (see More Info.)
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Federal Statistics

Data.gov (http://www.data.gov/catalog)
Data.gov provides public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Data.gov has descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of Data.gov.
FedStats (http://www.fedstats.gov/)
FedStats is a gateway to statistics from over 100 United States Federal government agencies. Link directly to statistical data from agencies, for example, the Census Bureau, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Access statistics by topics or subjects like crime, education, etc. Search across Federal government agencies using words or phrases to find agencies with statistics. Data sets vary by agency and format.
United States Bureau of the Census (http://www.census.gov/)
This U.S. Census Bureau site is the entry point to the 2000 Census data as well as more current American Community survey data, economic statistics, and geographic and map products. It includes links to the "American FactFinder and to "Quick Facts" summary profiles for places, counties, and states.
Coverage: Links to the Decennial Supplementary Surveys, the 1990 census, and selected historical data from 1790-1990.
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California Statistics

Data.CA.GOV - State of California Data (http://www.data.ca.gov/)
Includes links to numeric and geographic data covering a variety of topics including demography, health statistics, state contracts, traffic records. Statistics and data sets are available from state agencies and links are provided to other data sources - local, federal and other sources.

International Statistics

UNdata (http://data.un.org/)

UNdata is an internet-based data service which brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.

OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web (http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz/)

OFFSTATS provides links to free official statistical data sites from around the world. Find statistics by country, regional or topic. Links are to official statistical agencies in countries, international organizations, and other organizations. OFFSTATS is sponsored by the University of Auckland Library.

World Bank Open Data (http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog)
The World Bank's Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank data sources. This listing will continue to be updated as additional data resources are added. These resources include databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Those search results can be exported in different formats. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the catalog.
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