Statistics to Support Research: Tips for Finding Data & Statistics

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

Tips for Finding Data and Statistics

Helpful Hints:

1. Sometimes statistics are found within the text of a journal, magazine, or newspaper article.

  • As you research, take the time to skim through your findings to discover potential sources of statistics.
  • Follow leads in the articles to locate other statistics.

2. Look in books and articles at graphs, charts, and diagrams to find statistical information.

3. Sometimes statistics are hidden within other articles and can't be found by searching the word "statistics."

When searching library databases, combine your topic search with a subject search for statistics. (Ex: COVID-19 and statistics)

Search Words:

Add these keywords to your topic searches to focus on statistics for your topic:

  • Statistics
  • Charts
  • Data
  • Graphs
  • Numbers
  • Survey
  • Trends
  • Polling
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Infographics
  • Data Visualization
  • Videographic

Search Examples:

immigration AND statistics

global warming AND trends



Catalog Search

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Still can't find what you're looking for? Try OhioLINK. Use your name and Cougar ID to request items be delivered to the Columbus State Community College library.


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