Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
One method for enhancing your research papers and oral presentations is to use statistical data to raise awareness and build emotional investment. In other words, providing a “hook” that motivates a reader or listener to heed what will follow.
First published in 1879, the Statistical Abstract of the United States provides key demographic, economic, and sociological data for the United States. Although the Census Bureau discontinued this print publication in 2011, this data is now accessible online through the UNK Library’s Articles & Databases alphabetical and subject listings (e.g. “Statistics”).
Here are just a few of the many questions the Statistical Abstract can address:
- How many hate crimes were reported in 2012, by race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability?
- Where does Nebraska rank among the states in farm income from corn, soybeans, and cattle ranching?
- What was the longest time period between increases in the minimum wage?
- How do today’s current college tuition, residence hall, and board fees compare to 1989? To 1970?
More information about using Statistical Abstract is available at http://proquest.libguides.com/statisticalabstract. A free webinar will also be offered Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. This webinar will demonstrate how to search and browse for content, and how to personalize the spreadsheet files available for every single table.
To attend this free webinar from your home or office, please register at:
If you would like to join other librarians in attending this August 12 webinar, or if you have additional questions about Statistical Abstract, please contact Jon Ritterbush at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-865-8585.