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The Statista database is a portal to statistical information, pulling together data on over 80.000 topics from over 18.000 sources onto a single platform. Reporting is somewhat limited but there are sociological/criminal justice statistics available by navigating from the top menu's Industries section and selecting Society.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the most authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Every table in the Statistical Abstract provides citations to more extensive and detailed sources of data for its subject, which also makes it an efficient guide to data sources. The data in the
Looking for statistics and reports can be difficult, but Google offers some features that make the process of finding authoritative sources easier.
- Use Google's Advanced Search to have better control over your searches.
The "Search within this domain" option lets you limit to just government pages, by typing .gov into the box.
Combine this with the keyword 'statistics' and your topic keyword(s) (healthcare, crime, gender inequality, etc.) to find related statistical data and government reports.
Wondering about the authority of a page you've found?
A good rule of thumb is to look at the domain extension, first (.edu, .com, .net, etc.).
While there are ups and downs to each domain, some of the best regulated are .edu (educational) and .gov (government). Try limiting your web search to these domains to improve the quality of your results.
Whenever you use a website or other online resource in your research, it's important that you think critically about the source of information, as well as its credibility.
Think about the following criteria when considering a website for your research:
(who created/hosted/edits the site, and what are their credentials?)
(are there errors/omissions/mistakes/lies?)
(what is the purpose of the site (Sell/Persuade/Fool/Inform/etc.)?)
(How recent is the research, and does it matter to your topic?)
(To what depth is the information covered, and is there anything new that you haven't already found elsewhere?)
If you feel that there is any doubt about the quality of the information you find, always look to an authoritative source for confirmation.
For more information on these terms, visit the FYS Website Evaluation page.
U.S. Statistical Resources
U.S. Census Bureau
Provides reports and actual data from the U.S. census, as well as the results of various other statistical reports. Data is probably best suited for finding demographic information about a city/town, although related reports may provide additional information.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Uniform Crime Reports
Similar to the NJ reports, you will find detailed information about crime in the United States, back to the mid-1990’s.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Contains a number of reports regarding the justice system in the United States, including information about prisons, gangs, etc. Data will likely not drill down to the city level, but some state-related information is likely.
Federal Sentencing Statistics
Compiled by the United States Sentencing Commission, reports provide an annual breakdown of federal sentencing statistics in comparison to state and district courts.
National Center for Education Statistics: Data Tools: State/District Profiles
Tools provide state and school district profiles as well as the ability to conduct comparisons. Also has a great mapping tool by school district.
National Center for Health Statistics
The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.
FedStats, which has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is a one-stop location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.
NJ Statistical Sources
Crime Reports & Statistics
Provides links to a variety of statistical reports on crime in NJ. Reports include: Uniform Crime Reports, Domestic Violence Reports, Carjack Offense Reports, Bias Incident Reports, and Crime Index Trends.
New Jersey Department of Education: DOE Data
Provides information on a variety of educational statistics throughout NJ, often providing county, district and/or municipal data. Links include information about enrollment, graduates, dropouts, staffing, state Aid, as well as a number of major reports.
Provides access to NJ state and county communicable disease statistics.