Statistics enable us to use a limited sample to make accurate conclusions about a greater population. Statistics provide important information that informs research and decision making in our society. The data used to draw these conclusions is usually presented in the form of tables, graphs or charts. As part of your studies you may need to find, access and use statistical data to lend credibility to your research and support your ideas or position.
Statistical data is not always easy to locate as as there is no one single source for this type of information. Most statistics are published by national or state government agencies. However they can also be found in scholarly journals, reports, websites, books, databases, magazines and newspapers.
Websites of relevant organisations
The following websites provide statistical data for Australia and other countries around the world.
There are statistical publications held by the library which can be searched through the Library catalogue.
To search the Catalogue, use your keywords and add the word statistics and the state or country you are interested in, as shown below.
To find journal articles containing statistics on a topic, search a relevant database, accessible from the library's Databases page. You may include keywords (statistics OR surveys OR data OR rate OR proportion) as part of your search, as shown below. Other possible keywords include prevalence, percentage, trends and data.
In the ProQuest database, you could search as follows: