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Sociology

This guide will introduce you to resources you can use when researching in sociology.

Why Use Data and Statistics?

graphic of a bar graphData and statistics can be great supplements to books and journal articles.

  • Use them to support your argument
  • Provides quantitative evidence
  • Can be conveyed in many ways, including textually and graphically
  • Don't forget to cite them!
  • It can be tricky to find the information you want

Statistical Databases

We subscribe to a couple of statistical databases, which are good places to start.

Websites

Think about where you might find the type of information you are looking for, and what type of organization might be collecting and sharing that information.

Examples include:

Government agencies

Non-profit organizations, think tanks, and policy groups

Inter-governmental organizations

Look for tabs or options on the website for "data," "statistics," "reports," or "publications."

Google Search

To search for data and statistics in Google, try the following:

Type in your topic, add the word "data" or "statistics" and then add "site:.gov" or "site:.edu" to limit the results to ony those with a .gov or .edu domain name.

If you want to only recieve Excel files or PDFs, you can limit the Google search by add "filetype:.pdf" or "filetype:.xls"

google resutls for the search [education reform data site:.gov]