Finding Statistics: Political Science

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Canada

The main source of statistical data in Canada is the Federal Government, and in particular Statistics Canada. Statistics Canada publishes the "whole range of statistics on the economic and social activities of the Canadian people" on a daily, weekly, quarterly, annual, or irregular basis. Statistics Canada also publishes the Census of Canada at five year intervals. At the Robertson Library, most Statistics Canada publications are located in the Government Documents area on the Main Level and arranged by the Statistics Canada number. Exceptions include the Census publications which are available at the end of the Statistics Canada section in the Government Documents area, and those publications which are available on CD-ROM or through the World Wide Web.

Through participation in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), the UPEI community has access to a number of databases, many of which will be useful for locating statistics and market data. The following will also be useful as sources of statistical information and data:

Canada Year Book (former title: Statistical Year-Book of Canada) (1872- )
Provides a compilation of basic statistics and news on the social and economic life of Canada. Now issued every two years. Canada e-Book is an electronic counterpart 
REF: HA744.S81

Canadian Economic Observer
A monthly summary of economic indicators and statistics with quarterly or monthly figures for the most recent two years. Includes seasonally adjusted major indicators and charts as well as articles on general economic conditions and special subjects. Articles from v.16, n.2 (Feb. 2003) are freely available on the web at http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-010-X&chropg=1&lang=engand selected articles from 1998- are accessible through the database CBCA.
Government Documents: CS11-010

CANSIM
Statistics Canada's detailed socio-economic database containing over 13 million time series.

Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)
A listing of databases available to the UPEI community through participation in the Data Liberation Initiative. DLI provides Canadian universities with access to Statistics Canada data files and databases for teaching and research. Many of these will be useful for locating statistics and market data.

Finance Canada
Includes economic and fiscal information, budget, and transfer payments to provinces.
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

Government of Canada
The Canada Site is the primary Internet portal for information on the Government of Canada, its programs, services, new initiatives and products, and for information about Canada.
http://canada.gc.ca/

Historical Statistics of Canada (2nd edition)
Provides text and historical tables showing Canada's development from 1867 to 1975. The statistics are derived from many sources and include social, economic, and political time series covering 22 topics. This information is also available on the Web at http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-516-X&chropg=1&lang=eng
REF: HA746.U7 1983 and Government Documents CS11-516E

Industry Canada - Businesses
comprehensive resource covering market research, company information, regulatory information, international trade, etc.
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/h_07064.html

InfoPEI Statistics
Part of the Government of P.E.I. Website; includes Census information, economic indicators, and demographic statistics.
http://www.gov.pe.ca/infopei/stats

International Trade Canada
"The" site for those interested in international trade and market research in other countries. Information is presented from the Canadian point of view. Includes lists of Canadian personnel abroad, country information, and market research reports.
http://www.international.gc.ca/commerce/index.aspx?lang=eng

Prince Edward Island Statistical Review
“The Annual Statistical Review provides comprehensive information on current economic and social conditions on Prince Edward Island.” Also available in print format in Special Collections, PEI HA747.P75P7.
http://www.gov.pe.ca/finance/index.php3?number=20700&lang=E

Prince Edward Island Statistics: Past and Present
Compilation of statistical information on the people, economy, and government of Prince Edward Island.
REF: HA747.P7P69

Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada is the official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca
 

United States

American Generations: Who They Are, How They Live, What They Think (2nd edition)
Provides demographic information on the American marketplace.
REF: HC110.C6M545 1998

Datapedia of the United States: American History in Numbers
“ Datapedia brings together into one source a compendium of the most significant historical statistics of the United States from 1789 to 2003, as well as demographic and other select data projections through 2050. Datapedia provides a complete and convenient profile of the United States covering all its vital sectors— including the labor market, social welfare, and national defense.” (From publisher) This is a revised edition of Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2005 America Year by Year Also available in print REF: HA202.K87 2001

FedStats
Provides a gateway to statistical information from more than 100 agencies in the U.S. federal government. Includes statistical profiles of States, countries, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts.
http://www.fedstats.gov/

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present (5 Volumes)
Historical compendium of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
REF: HA202.H57 2006

Historical Statistics of the States of the United States : Two Centuries of the Census, 1790-1990
Provides state (and District of Columbia) level data on population, agriculture, and manufacturing. The population of cities having more than 100,000 people in 1990 are included from 1790-1990. A glossary of terms is included.
REF: HA214.D63 1993

Statistical Abstract of the United States (1878- )
The standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Selected information available on the Web at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/
REF: HA202.A3

United States Census Bureau
The American counterpart to Statistics Canada.
http://www.census.gov/
 

International

CIA World Fact Book
Provides facts and statistics on such topics as population, economy, and government for each country in the world. Maps and flags for each country are also included.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

DFAIT (Dept. Of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
"The" site for those interested in international trade and market research in other countries. Information is presented from the Canadian point of view. Includes lists of Canadian personnel abroad, country information, and market research reports.
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/

Demographic Yearbook (United Nations)(1948-2002)
A collection of international demographic statistics, covering approximately 229 countries or areas. Many of the annual volumes focus on a special topic, such as household composition, mortality, or international migration. Also available online at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/dyb2.htm from 1948-
REF: HA17.D45

Europa World Year Book (1967- )
Contains extensive essays on individual countries, as well as basic economic and trade data.
REF: JN1.E85

globalEDGE Statistical Data Sources
An excellent metasite organizing and describing statistical sites.
http://globaledge.msu.edu/reference-desk

IMF Country Reports in Full Text
Useful source of statistical information on lesser developed countries; available in PDF format.
http://www.imf.org/external/ns/cs.aspx?id=96

World Economic Outlook Databases
Selected economic and financial tables.
http://www.imf.org/external/ns/cs.aspx?id=28

InfoNation
An easy-to-use, two-step database which allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations.
http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation3/ie&nn4.html

International Data Base (IDB)
Provides demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
http://www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGatew...

International Historical Statistics: Europe 1750-1988 (3rd edition)
Contains major statistical information on the countries of Europe.
REF: HA1107.M5 1993

Library of Congress Country Studies
Information is given on the political, economic, and social conditions of 102 countries. “Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations.”
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/

Offstats: Official Statistics on the Web (University of Auckland)
Listing of websites offering free and easily accessible social, economic, and general data for countries throughout the world.
http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz/

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Serves as the official homepage for the OECD. The site is searchable and contains some publications.
http://www.oecd.org/

Political Data Handbook: OECD Countries
Part 1 provides statistics on population, social structure, employment, economy, public finance, government structure and political parties and elections from 1950-1985 for the majority of the categories for the twenty-four countries of the OECD. Part 11 provides Country Tables for each of the twenty-four countries of the OECD.
REF: HA155.P65 1991

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Links to the statistics web pages of numerous countries (from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
http://www.bls.gov/bls/other.htm

Statistical Yearbook (UNESCO) (1964-1996)
Source of socio-economic data covering education, libraries, broadcasting, and the media. Selected tables are available on the UNESCO website at http://www.uis.unesco.org/Pages/default.aspx
REF.AZ361.U45

Statistical Yearbook (United Nations) (1948-2008)
A compilation of international statistics on social and economic conditions and activities in the world. Selected Social Indicators are available at the UN website at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/socind/
REF: HA12.5.U63

UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Provides global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication.
http://www.uis.unesco.org/Pages/default.aspx

World Development Indicators
The World Bank's principal statistical survey of world development (including economic, social, and demographic data). The complete Country Data Tables are online. Also available as an e-book to the UPEI community.
REF: HC59.7.W67 2004

World Factbook
Provides facts and statistics on such topics as population, economy, and government for each country in the world. Maps and flags for each country are also included.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

World Population Projections: Estimates and Projections with Related Demographic Statistics
Population estimates and projections for 206 countries and territories projected as far as the year 2150.
REF: HA154.W66 1994-95
 

Created by: Cathy Callaghan, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Created: 30-June-2000
Date Revised: 2-October-2013