This guide lists a selection of statistical sources that are widely used, including World Wide Web sites. Many other sources can be located by consulting LOUIS, statistical databases or one of the reference librarians.
For LOUIS use the subdivision "statistics" under specific subjects or geographic areas, e.g., Aged -- United States -- Statistics; Latin America -- Statistics.
You can also use "statistics" in an advanced subject keyword search combined with your own keyword(s) to find other compendia that we own (e.g., International Smoking Statistics; American Tally: Statistics and Comparative Rankings for U.S. Cities, etc.)
The first step in finding statistics is to consult the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
There are also statistical compilations on specific subject areas or with an international or foreign focus and census reports for obtaining information on smaller geographic areas. Many sources listed below as well as others are now available for searching electronically on the Web.