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Journalism

Finding and Using Statistics

Properly used, statistics can add weight and interest to your news story. It is important, however, to find current and accurate sources. Before trusting the numbers you find be sure that they:

  • are from a credible source,
  • were properly collected and clearly reported,
  • are relevant to the time period in question.

Check the Fact-Checking tab for more.

Use the library's catalog, SouthernSearch, or any of the databases or websites below to find resources containing statistics.

Use keywords for your topic plus "statistics" to narrow your search. For example, traffic and statistics or education and statistics. If you know the agency that produces the statistics, such as the Connecticut Department of Public Health, add that to your search as well..

For even more suggestions of where to find statistics, please see the Datasets Research Guide.