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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Communication 101

Library information and resources for CMN 101 classes.

Strategies for Finding Statistics (INFOGRAPHIC)

Use the strategies and sources in the infographic below to get started finding statistics.



Strategies for Finding Statistics (Accessible View)

Before beginning a search, identify:

Timeline and Location

  • What time period are you interested in?
  • What geographic location are you interested in?
  • Statistics take time to collect and compile, so the most recently available data for a given topic may be older than you wish. 
  • For example, the most recent U.S. Census data is from 2010.

Publishers and Producers

  • Who would have an interest in collecting this information?
  • Publishers of statistics include government agencies, private corporations, industries, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. 
  • If you can't identify a potential publisher of information, statistics on your topic may be difficult to find.  

Places to Find Statistics:

Government Agencies

Library Databases

Web Sources

  • Pew Research Center conducts nonpartisan public opinion polling on current issues. Use Pew to find statistical information on how the public feels about a given topic. 
  • The UGL's Statistics Guide provides links and information to find statistics on specific topics.
  • The Law Library's Find Statistics Guide divides information into national, state, local, or international sources.
  • Can't find what you're looking for? Try Google. Remember to use specific keywords when searching, and evaluate every source you find for credibility.

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