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Regardless of where you are getting your information, you need to be aware of a few simple attributes about whatever information you are using.
When evaluating information, here are five helpful considerations:
Currency: timeliness of the information.
Relevance: importance of the information for your need.
Authority: source of the information.
Accuracy: reliability, truthfulness, correctness.
Purpose: reason that the information exists.
Statistical Information - Local
Finding reliable statistical information about a particular locale (city, municipal area, region, etc.) can vary significantly. The level of data collection regarding population, demographics, etc. that takes place in the United States on a routine basis is not typical of the rest of the world.
Large well known locations in the world (Chicago, New York, London, Hong Kong, Ontario, Paris, San Diego, etc.) typically will have local municipal mechanisms or offices in place to actually gather or nicely distil from larger national or regional statistical gathering efforts data into locally "actionable" kinds of statistical data. These kinds of offices or agencies can provide a wealth of statistical data. Be aware that this kind of statistical data will likely "lag" in time and may not be as current as you would prefer.
Statistical Information - United States
American Community Survey
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services.
Visualization engine encompassing all kinds of public US Government data.
National Center for Educational Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
Statistical Information - International
UN Statistics Division
The UN Statistics Division compiles and disseminates all manner of global statistical data. Commodities, Demographics, Population, Social Indicators, National Accounts, etc.
Our World in Data
Online publication produced at the University of Oxford that shows how living conditions are changing. Covers a wide range of topics across many academic disciplines: Trends in health, food provision, the growth and distribution of incomes, violence, rights, wars, culture, energy use, education, and environmental changes. Includes analysis and visualizations.
CIA World Factbook
The Factbook is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities. A good source for demographic, political, and economic information from the Central Intelligence Agency.
World Bank - Microdata
The Microdata Library facilitates access to data collected through sample surveys of households, business establishments or other facilities. These 'microdata' sets may also originate from population, housing or agricultural censuses or through an administrative data collection processes. The Library contains supporting documentation from censuses and surveys conducted or supported by the World Bank, as well as by other international organizations, statistical agencies and other agencies in low and middle-income countries.
Finding Research, Trade and Popular Business Articles
Business Source Complete
The largest and most in-depth business research database available. Contains scholarly research, trade publications, and industry news and reports. Includes books, case studies, company profiles, country reports, industry reports, market research reports, peer reviewed scholarship from more than 2000 journals available in full text, SWOT analysis and thousands of trade publications. Coverage begins in 1886 (yes, 1886).
Business Source Complete will likely provide you with an excellent start on your literature review (scholarly, trade, popular) if your topic is even remotely "business centric."
Be sure to include the permalink along with the APA formatted citation to the resources that you will be using as part of your research.
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