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Statistics on the Internet
You probably already have some statistics from your CQ Researcher articles. Did you notice where CQ Researcher got them? Most likely from a government source. The government is a wonderful source for statistics and you can access most government statistical resources easily via the Internet - because... they basically belong to you. They are produced with your tax dollars after all. Many are also available in print form and can be found in the Polk State College library as well as on the Internet.
The challenge is knowing where they are. Some Internet sources for statistics provided by the US government include:
If you are not sure where to find the stats that you need, try using a statistics directory: http://www.refdesk.com/factpop.html
You can always do a general Internet search for "statistics" and whatever your topic is, but you will have to carefully evaluate the sites.
Other sources for statistics
Pew Research Center
Provides information to the public on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world.
United Nations Statistical Yearbook
The Statistical Yearbook provides in a single volume a comprehensive compilation of internationally available statistics on social and economic conditions and activities, at world, regional and national levels, for an appropriate historical period.
RAND's research and analysis address issues that impact people around the world including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. All RAND work—every publication, database, or major briefing—is held to a rigorous review process.
CQ Researcher Plus Archive Provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context The premier online resource covering todays hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed differing views present each side of an issue, allowing you to draw your own valid conclusions.