Statistics to Support Research: Getting Started

How to find, evaluate, and write about statistics in your research

What's in this Guide?

This research guide shall provide suggestions about

Where to find statistical information and raw data,
How to evaluate what you find, and
How to use it in your writing

To link to these pages use the links in this box or the tabs at the top of each page.

The Difference between Data and Statistics

Data is raw information. Data or data sets are primary sources that are the result of research studies or surveys.

Here is an example of a data source - Data.Gov

Statistics are the collection, organization, interpretation, and analysis of dataStatistics are found in tables, graphs, and charts.

Here's an example of statistics  - Health, United States, 2017

A Pie Chart

Source: http://imgur.com/4JoPs

A very accurate pie chart!

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