Answered By: Anna Harper
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016     Views: 59

There are several general sources you could begin with depending on your topic. One database you can start with is Statista, a source that has millions of statistics on companies, industry, population, demographics, internet-related topics like electronic commerce and mobile apps, and the U.S. and world economy. There is also an infographic for every result, and the ability to download the data as an excel, image, or powerpoint file. To access this database take the following steps:

  • 1. Go to
  • 2. In the Database search box, search for "Statista"
  • 3. Click on the Statista entry
  • 4. Enter your DU ID and passcode to access the database
  • 5. Enter your keywords in the search box

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Other sources you can use include the following:

Proquest Statistical Insight - This source has statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.

Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States - This authoritative source provides a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

Census - The official site for U.S. economic, demographic, and social statistics.

FedStats - This is a portal to websites that provide data from U.S. government entities such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics.

American FactFinder - This database provides information about people, including

Basic Counts

undata - This search portal allows one to retrieve information from various United Nations databases, such as Commodity Trade Statistics, Industrial Commodity Statistics, World Development Indicators, UNSD Demographic Statistics.

ICPSR Direct: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research - Established in 1962, this source is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Click here to access a tutorial on how to use this source.