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Finding Numeric Data: Home

This libguide contains information about resources for numeric data.




This library guide discusses the difference between statistics and data and provides valuable campus resources for data assistance. Most importantly, this guide provides a conclusive list of resources for finding data for the world, data for the United States, and data for Illinois. These resources include free online websites and downloadable data in addition to subscription-based University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign databases.

Data vs. Statistics

The words "data" and "statistics" are often used interchangeably during regular conversation.  However, when trying to locate this information, the difference between data and statistics is crucial.  Simply put data is raw information of which statistics are generated.  Whereas statistics provides an interpretation, summary, and mathematical expression of data.


  • Datasets
  • Machine-readable data files
  • Data files for statistical software



  • Statistical tables, charts, and graphs
  • Reported numbers and percentages often from articles and newspapers


For more information about statistics please visit the Government Information Services website here!

Need Further Assistance?

Campus resources for finding numeric data:

Scholarly Commons

The Scholarly Commons is located at 306 Main Library.  This space offers a robust menu of software programs and digitization hardware that can help you with you research.  In addition to technology, the Scholarly Commons has a wide range of experts that can help with research questions. This includes numeric data assistance.  

Fill out a consultation request form here or drop-in Monday-Friday for assistance.

Government Information Services

Government Information Services is located in the Reading Room on the second floor of the main library.  If you are searching for data related to government documents, this library and their librarians can provide assistance locating government-based data for your research.  

Scholarly Commons

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Scholarly Commons
306 Main Library
Drop-ins welcome
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Phone: 217-244-1331