About Data and Statistics

Why include statistics?
Depending upon the type of paper you are writing, statistics may add significance, importance, and/or interest. Relevant statistics may support the reason why you chose the topic or indicate to the reader why they should read your paper.

Where to look?
To find statistics search all types of resources: government sites, organization and associations sites, databases, health and sport databases and sites. Many of the suggested websites listed in the boxes below are professor recommendations.

TIP: Watch for references to primary sources as you review articles in databases and on the Web.

ORU Databases - General and Subject Specific
Use the subject index or thesaurus to browse your topic, find related terms and identify terms to narrow and/or expand your topic. Try searching with percent, data, statistic*, etc.

ORU Journals - Specific Titles or Subject Related
Go to the Journals List and type a subject or keyword to get a list of journals. Select a journal title. Search your topic within a journal. Or, browse the journal table of contents for reports, surveys and research project.

What to search?
Consider your thesis, identify the key words and concepts, and add search terms that identify statistical data, such as percent, data or statistic.

Search the Web

Search the Web using your key terms and words like data, statistic , or fact sheet.

A good way to get authoritative sites is to add site:.gov to your search, which will limit the results to government sites.

Search Databases for Statistics

Search relevant databases using your key terms and words like data, percent or statistic.
opens new window"single parent" AND (data or statistic) - in Psychology & Behavioral Collection database
opens new windowsmart phones AND usage and (statistic* or percent) - In Academic Search Complete and Communication & Mass Media Complete databases

Other Statistical Resources

The resources below include a variety of depth of statistical data and content.