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Although you are directed to use web sources "sparingly," you may have need of statistics or reports from government or other web sites.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
The Bureau, a part of the US Department of Justice, collects, analyzes, and publishes information on crime and the justice system.
SLED - Crime & Reporting Statistics
Crime In South Carolina Book 2002 - 2018
Uniform Crime Reporting
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation. The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics.
The U.S. government's web portal. Contains an A-Z index of government departments and agencies.
When either writing or speaking, using appropriate statistics can help prove or disprove your point. Statistics can help provide concrete examples of a larger trend. give the basis for an important chart or graph, or make theoretical arguments tangible. This works best with statistics from reliable resources. Logically weaving statistics into your essays, papers, or speeches will strengthen your work.
For instance, the best resource for information related to population growth or racial makeup would be found under census.gov and can generally be narrowed down to specific states, counties, or cities. If you needed information about laws in a given state they may be found on state websites like scstatehouse.gov (for South Carolina).
There are two main branches of statistics:
- Descriptive--concerns the numerical or quantitative data alone, and can help draw conclusions about a sample, rather than a population.
- Inferential--concerns the conclusions drawn about an entire population which are inferred through the results of a random sampling of a population
Crime in South Carolina by
Call Number: REF HV 6793 .S6 S6
USC Upstate has issues from the mid 1970's to 1999 in print on the shelves. See the online version for more up to date editions
Crime State Rankings
Call Number: REF HV 6787 .C75
Publication Date: Lawrence, KS : Morgan Quitno Corp., c1994-