GCPS1005 Library mini-lecture 2: Finding statistics

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  • Attention-grabbing slide – students will be reminded of the advice given by academic staff to use statistics fairly
  • The presenter will state verbally that links to all of the resources mentioned in the presentation can be found on the Course Guide established for GCPS 1005.
  • This slide re-states and reinforces points made in Prof. Powers’ textbookLast point relates back to the original quotation
  • GCPS1005 Library mini-lecture 2: Finding statistics

    1. 1. developmental material for speeches Prepared for GCPS 1005 FINDING STATISTICS
    2. 2. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British statesman and novelist Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield. (2009). In E. Knowles (Ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (7th ed.). Retrieved from http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.hkbulib.hkbu.edu.hk/view/10.1093/acref/9780199237173.001.0001/q-author-00001-00000992 GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 2
    3. 3. OVERVIEW in this section:  Why use statistics? Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics  Government & other official statistics  Public opinion statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 3
    4. 4. why use statistics? Finding Definitions & Quotations  Statistics are numerically formulated facts Finding Statistics  When used well, they give your ideas more impact  They are especially useful when you need make your point more precisely and impressively Finding Images  You should always use statistics fairly in your work Citing Your Sources (APA style) http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4078/4769199272_a15665526b_m.jpg GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 4
    5. 5. government statistics  The Hong Kong Government’s Census and Statistics Department provides detailed official statistics on a myriad of topics: population, labour, trade, energy, transport and more  Their website is a great source for statistics on all topics relating to Hong Kong Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 5
    6. 6. other official statistics Depending on your topic, you may find these other statistical sources useful  Asian Development Bank Statistical Database System - essential social, economic, and financial indicators relating to the Asian Development Bank’s developing member countries  中國統計數據庫 China Statistics- contains several database groups covering business and financial information  CSMAR系列數據庫- provides economic data on China, company financials, and stock market data in more than 60 subsets Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 6
    7. 7. finding public opinion statistics Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images for HONG KONG for ELSEWHERE The HKU Public Opinion Programme was established to collect and study public opinion on various topics The Pew Research Center focuses mainly on the US, but includes a “Global” section Citing Your Sources (APA style) GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 7
    8. 8. resources Links to all of the materials covered (and a few more!) are available on the course guide: http://hkbu.libguides.com/GCPS1005 Click on the “Statistics” tab Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 8
    9. 9. image credit Slide 4: “Statistics about statistics about…” by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivatives 2.0 license at http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4078/4769199272_a15665526b_z.jpg Finding Definitions & Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING Statistics 9

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