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Additional Sites

For a very basic explanation of statistics, see Statistics Every Writer Should Know.

See also the page Fast Facts: Encyclopedias & Almanacs for facts, statistics, and data.

Reference Books

Historical Statistics of the States of the United States : Two Centuries of the Census, 1790-1990
Ref HA202 .D63 1993

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
Ref HA202 .H55 1975

International Historical Statistics: Europe, 1750-1993
Ref HA1107 .M51 1998

International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-1993
Ref HA4675 .M552 1998

International Historical Statistics: the Americas, 1750-1993
Ref HA175 .M55 1998

Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest, annual)
REF HA 202 .S85 (current edition; earlier editions in stacks)
A compendium of social and economic U.S. statistical information.

Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
An encyclopedic source of information on countries and territories.  The archival version (pre-2000) is available at Background Notes - Archival Edition

CIA World Factbook
Country profiles.

Country Briefs (World Bank)
Includes country information and news items.

Country Profiles (United Nations)
Select by country and years of coverage

International  

EUROSTAT (European Community)

International Statistical Agencies (U.S. Census Bureau)
Links to official sites of other nations charged with data collection and analysis.

LABORSTA (International Labour Organization)

Human Development Reports (United Nations Development Programme)

NationMaster
Searchable national-level data; allows user to create customized statistical comparisons.

OFFSTATS (University of Auckland Library)
Statistics from official sources; searchable by country, region, or topic)

UNSTATS (United Nations Statistical Division)

United States

See also the HA 202 - HA 203 call number areas in the Reference collection.

American Community Survey

American FactFinder

American National Election Studies

FedStats (U.S.)
Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies

Economics and Statistics Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)

National Center for Health Statistics (U.S. Centers for Disease Control)

National Historical Geographic Information System (Univ. of Minnesota)
"Aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000"

StateMaster
Searchable state-level data; allows user to create customized statistical comparisons.

Virginia Statistics and Data

MapStats: Virginia
Part of FedStats' subset (MapStats) by state, provides profile data by state, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district.

VASTAT (Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia)
Links to Virginia statistics and data, compiled from a variety of sources.

Additional Websites

ICPSR Data Sets (data files; current and historic)
ICPSR provides access to the worlds largest social science data archive, with data sets from over 6300 studies. Data sets are used with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata.

Population Reference Bureau's DataFinder

Pew Research Center

Internet Data Sources for Social Scientists (Cornell University)

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