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### Statistical Abstract of the United States

1. 1. STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES
2. 2. What is the Statistical Abstract of the United States? The word “abstract” has many meanings, the two definitions that apply here are: • a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.; epitome. • something that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general, or of several things; essence.* So the Statistical Abstract of the US is a summary of statistics about the United States giving the essential qualities of the country. * From dictionary.com 7/9/2015 2
3. 3. What is the Statistical Abstract of the United States? Another way to think about it… An abstract of a journal article is an overview of the entire article. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is an overview of the United States 7/9/2015 3
4. 4. Where does the information come from? A lot of people think the information in the Statistical Abstract comes from only government sources. The 2015 edition contains 1400+ tables and the information is obtained from 195 sources. 7/9/2015 4 Of these 195 sources, almost 15% of the sources were licensed, and 85% was from government. Licensed Sources Government Sources
5. 5. How do libraries use the Statistical Abstract of the United States? • The Statistical Abstract provides information about how many, how much, how often for a variety of topics • The Statistical Abstract can be used to answer questions at the reference desk – For example, how much is spent on dental care in the U.S.? • The Statistical Abstract can be used as a starting point to see if statistics exist for a topic – For example, who earns more money? Cat owners or dog owners? 7/9/2015 5
6. 6. How does it work? Search for a term and use the facets on the left side to create a smaller search set. So (in this case) you could see income by state or by total US. 7/9/2015 6
7. 7. How does it work? Once you’ve selected the table, you can download the spreadsheet too. Look for the download icon in the top right hand corner and click on it to get a Download XLS option 7/9/2015 7
8. 8. How does it work? Under the table is information about the table including the source (with a link) and a two citation styles you can copy and paste. 7/9/2015 8
9. 9. How does it work? Within each table, all of the row and column information is searchable, so if you want all of the tables showing charter schools or solar power or snowboarding, you can find them. The search results tell you where the information is found. 7/9/2015 9
10. 10. Want to browse? Want to just look around? Click on a chapter you’re interested in, and all of the tables be retrieved along with the PDF Section with the chapter as it appears in the print version. 10
11. 11. Our fans are saying… In addition to consistently good product reviews, the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is the recipient of the 2014 SIIA CODiE Content Award for Best General Reference Service, representing the information industry’s best products and technologies! Details here: http://www.siia.net/codies/2015/pw_2014.asp 7/9/2015 11
12. 12. For More Information http://proquest.libguides.com/statisticalabstract 12