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Statistical Data

Resources for finding statistical information on subjects from anthropology to zoology.

Use Statistics Responsibly

When using statistics, ensure you're using them responsibly. Rather than look for numbers to confirm what you already believe, ask yourself an open ended question, and then find the numbers to answer that question one way or another--and not necessarily the way you expected. Not sure? Ask your professor--or a librarian.

For more on how statistics are used and abused, see the classic How to Lie With Statisticsor read up on how your research can suffer the consequences of confirmation bias.

Multidisciplinary Data Sources: Start Here

Whether you're looking for data to inform your research in health, science, sociology, politics, business, or elsewhere, start with these multidisciplinary data powerhouses.