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Library Research Guide for Sociology 4950/4960: Senior Honors Thesis: Governmental

Governmental Sites

Among many other sites providing access to statistical information about the U.S. are the governmental sites:


Provides access to statistics and information produced by more than 70 U.S. government agencies. Searchable through an A-Z subject index, keyword searching of agency web sites linked to FedStats, "fast facts" linkage to frequently requested tables from the Statistical Abstract, as well as direct links to agency contacts, news releases, and other navigational and organizational aids.

American FactFinder

The most accessible point of access to the U.S. Census Bureau web site. Provides data in the form of maps, tables, and reports from a variety of Census sources.  Also provides access to detailed data from resources such as the American Community Survey, the Decennial Census, the Economic Census, etc.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Also in paper,

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington: Bureau of the Census, 1878-.
(Uris Ref   HA202 .A25, Mann Ref   HA202 .A38, Olin & ILR Ref   HA202)

A convenient, one volume statistical compendium. The standard annual summary of data on the social, political and economic organization of the United States. Footnotes at the bottom of tables and bibliographic lists provide a guide to original, often more detailed, statistical publications and sources.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. An independent national statistical agency that collects, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data, relevant to current social and economic issues, to the The U.S. Department of Labor, the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, and businesses. Statistical reports and detailed tables on economic indicators such as employment and unemployment, prices and living conditions, productivity, and compensation are provided.

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