Note: government statistics are free and publicly available, however, many other kinds of statistics require access through library subscription databases.
The databases below are a good starting point to find articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals. Looking for statistics embedded within these articles can be helpful. Search a keyword or two for your topic. For example, "obesity." Then combine your keyword search with a subject search ("SU Subject Term" ) for statistics.
The United States Census Bureau provides social and economic data and statistics. Census data can be useful for population and demographic data on people and households and on the socioeconomic status (education, occupation, income) of individuals and households. Learn how to find and analyze Census data with online videos from The Census Academy.
The U.S. federal government collects and disseminates statistical data across a broad range of subject areas. The following key statistical agencies provide information about the United States as a whole.
The State of California produces various statistics on many subjects and topic areas for California.
The international organizations and sources listed below provide comprehensive statistics on many topics and for many countries.