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Statistics and Data: Finding Stats in Articles

Guide to finding statistical information

Finding Statistics in Articles

If you can't find the data you need, try looking for statistics in journal, magazine, or newspaper articles. 

This page illustrates some ways to find statistics within articles in a selection of databases: CQ Researcher, Ebscohost, and ProQuest.  You can apply similar techniques in many other databases.

Examples of Finding Statistics Within Articles: CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher: Many articles include statistics similar to this chart taken from the January 16, 2009 issue of CQ entitled, Preventing Cancer by Marcia Clemmit.

bar graph depicting increase in survival rates over the last 30 years

Examples of Finding Statistics Within Articles: Ebscohost

EBSCOhost's Academic Search Complete: When searching for statistics in an Ebscohost database try an advanced search. In the first box type in your search term (your keyword), in the next box type in the word statistics and change the drop down from Select a Field to SU Subject Terms.    

 

In Ebscohost you can also enter a search term (your keyword) and then select graph or chart in Image Quick View Types.  The results will include articles with graphs and charts that often contain statistical information.

 

Examples of Finding Statistics Within Articles: ProQuest

ProQuest Central: When searching for statistics in a ProQuest database try an advanced search, in the first box type in your search term (your keyword), in the next box type in the word statistics and change the drop down from Citation and abstract to Subject