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Federal Social Statistics


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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. Edited for general use.

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Federal Social Statistics

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