Statistics to Support Research: Getting Started

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

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What's in this Guide?

This research guide provides information on finding statistical evidence and raw data, evaluating your findings, and using it in your writing.  


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  - CDC Covid Data Tracker

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