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About Statistical Sources

Statistics can be a great way to quantify your research. Be sure to evaluate the sources of your statistical information, however, to make sure they come from unbiased sources. Government agencies (such as the U.S. Census Bureau) are generally considered reliable. Statistical information gathered from a commercial entity should be used with caution and evaluated for accuracy and authority.

Contact the Librarian if you need assistance, or if you are unsure of the validity of the statistics you gather during research.

Public Opinion Statistics

  • PollingReport.Com
    "An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion." Topics include: State of the Union, Elections, "In the News," National Security, and Social Policy Issues.
 

The Official U.S. Government Search Engine

"USA.gov is the U.S. government’s official search engine. It is a comprehensive, searchable index of about 50 million pages from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal websites." This search site leverages Bing's index of government pages.

 

National Statistical Information

  • U.S. Census Bureau -- Current Census Data
    "The U.S. Census Bureau offers the most comprehensive demographic data for the United States. The site includes information and statistics on the nation's population, housing, business and manufacturing activity, international trade, farming, and state and local governments."
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    "The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics."
  • State Energy Information
    By the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • U.S. Energy Outlook -- from the U.S. Department of Energy
    "The Annual Energy Outlook presents a projection and analysis of US energy supply, demand, and prices through 2035. The projections are based on results from the Energy Information Administration's National Energy Modeling System."
  • U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Data on the courts system, jails and prisoners, correctional programs, and much more.
  • Georgia Census Data
    "The Georgia Census Data provides access to the U.S. Census Bureau's State and County Quick Facts data. Broken into three sections: People Quick Facts, Business Quick Facts, and Geography Quick Facts, the site offers a break down of some of the key statistics associated with Georgia. Data can be limited to a specific county of city."
  • Georgia Official and Statistical Register: "Georgia's Blue Book"
    "The Georgia Official and Statistical Register, published from 1923-1990 by the Georgia Department of Archives and History, is commonly known as the Georgia Blue Book. Considered an important reference work for historical research, the Register covers Georgia's executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, providing biographical sketches of elected and other state officials. Georgia members of U.S. Congress and federal judges are included, and other information."
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