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"Locating Statistics in Health, Education, and Criminal Justice" created for a Documents Interest Group of Oregon (DIGOR) workshop presented November 21, 2008 at George Fox University in Portland, OR. ...

"Locating Statistics in Health, Education, and Criminal Justice" created for a Documents Interest Group of Oregon (DIGOR) workshop presented November 21, 2008 at George Fox University in Portland, OR. Edited for general use.

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  • 1. “ Human Beings with the Tears Wiped Off” Locating Statistics in Health, Education, and Criminal Justice Valery King Government Information/Social Sciences Oregon State University Libraries November 2008
  • 2. Session Outcomes
    • Become familiar with standard Federal data resources
    • Learn of some places and methods to find useful statistical data in:
      • Education
      • Health
      • Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Get in a little practice and some feedback
  • 3. Basic Resources
    • Statistical Abstract of the United States http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/
      • THE place to start
      • Pathway to more information
  • 4. Basic Resources
    • County and City Data Book http://www.census.gov/statab/www/ccdb.html
      • data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more
      • additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more
      • Supplements SA
  • 5. Approach 1: searching by Subject/Keyword
    • Some sites for finding government information include:
    • USA.gov ( http://www.usa.gov/ )
      • Drill down by audience and topic
      • Or search by keywords
    • FedStats ( http://www.fedstats.gov )
      • topic links A-Z
      • or search across agency websites
  • 6. Approach 2: search by Agency collecting the information
    • Who is interested in collecting information on the subject?
    • FedStats ( http://www.fedstats.gov/ )
      • Agencies by Subject, or Agencies listed alphabetically
      • Has links to Kids’ Pages
      • Data Access Tools for more experienced statistics users
  • 7. Health
    • Digest
    • Website
    • Health, United States
      • National trends
      • Annual
      • Print or online ( http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm )
    • National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
  • 8. Education
    • Digest
    • Website
    • Digest of Education Statistics
    • Annual compilation
    • Government and private sources
    • Print, or online at http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/digest/
    • National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/
    • Covers all levels (K-Grad), libraries, international
  • 9. Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Digest
    • Website(s)
    • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/
      • Bureau of Justice Statistics http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
      • Federal Bureau of Investigation – researchers page at http://www.fbi.gov/research.htm
  • 10.
    • Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.  ~Paul Brodeur, Outrageous Misconduct
    •  
    • There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.  ~Rex Stout, Death of a Doxy
    •  
    • Statistics means never having to say you're certain. ~ unknown
    •  
    • Statistics is the grammar of science. ~ Karl Pearson
    •  
    • It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • 11.
    • Valery King
    • [email_address]
    • Oregon State University Libraries
    • 121 The Valley Library
    • Corvallis, OR 97331