Wherever you look, data is everywhere! Data is quite simply plain facts about something. The data must be collected, interpreted and presented for it to have meaning. Data is the raw ingredients from which statistics are created.
Statistics are useful when you need to support an argument and can be a vital source of information for your studies.
Statistical analysis can be performed on data to show relationships among the variables collected. Through secondary data analysis, many different researchers can re-use the same data set for different purposes.
When evaluating statistical data, here are some questions to think about…
Who is the author? Are they a reliable source?
What is the date range of the data? Historical, current or a range of years? Remember that it takes some time to compile data.
What country, county, etc., might compile the data you want?
Are the statistics reliable/accurate? Are they from authoritative sources such as government or an international organisation? Can they be verified?
What data is likely to be available?
Is the coverage complete?
IBIS World A great resource for company and industry sector information and statistics
Neighbourhood Statistics Official UK government local statistics. Reports available using postcode searches
Organic Farming Statistics Statistics about organic farming in the UK.
UK Data Service UK's Largest collection of UK and international social, economic and population data.
UK National Statistics Publication Hub Gateway to UK National Statistics
European Union - Open Data Portal Access to European Union data.
Guide to freely available international data resources Links to official national, regional and international statistical websites.
Quandl Time-series datasets from 400 sources. Includes oil prices, exchange rates, unemployment and world stock markets.
United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN) Population figures and projections from the United Nations.
United Nations UN Data Explorer Free access to the world's major international statistics from the United Nations including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
tatistical Commission Statistics on the economy, environment, population, society and trade.
UNWTO Tourism Statistics Up-to-date tourism statistics from around the world.
World Factbook Overview of all countries providing brief descriptions of many aspects including people, government, economy and transport.
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Books in the Library
Here are some examples of books on statistics available in the library and/or online: