Statistics is the study and manipulation of data, including gathering, reviewing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. It is also a collection of quantitative (of, relating to, or involving the measurement of quantity or amount) data that can be used as evidence within research.
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.
What can statistics do?
Things You Need to Consider:
The largest collector of statistics is the (US) federal government, and much of the data is available on government websites, often on the site of the agency or office (Department of Education, Office of Environmental Management, etc.) that is responsible for collecting the data.
You can find statistics in many of our library databases.
Search Words - try these keywords or subject terms with your topic searches to focus on statistics:
Statistics - Data - Numbers - Trends - Polling - Figures - Tables - Charts - Graphs
(part of above courtesy of Modesto Junior College)