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Finding Government Documents in the RWWL: Statistical Resources

This guide will assist you in locating and using U.S. government information.

Statistical Resources By Subject

Why Use Statistics?

Statistics can often help you to defend your documented argument. If you find information on a clinical trial that gives you the number of people studied and the results of the study, you can draw conclusions about the efficacy of a particular therapy in medical practice.

If you are studing criminal justice, you may be looking for statistics on particular types of crimes or methods of law enforcement.

In both cases suggested above, supporting statistics will help you to make a more effective argument.

In the box below you will find links to social and health statistic information. In the box at left you will find general statistical information for the United States

Statistics By Broad Topic


NAL Reports, studies and statistics 

National Agriculture Statistics Service 

Agricultural Statistics Annual 

National Agricultural Library (NAL) Agricola database 




Uniform Crime Reports 

Federal Bureau of Investigation Reports & Publications 

Bureau of Justice Statistics 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service  

FEMA Terrorism

Homeland Security publications 



Department of Defense facts and statistics 

Department of Defense publications 

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS)

DTIC Public Technical Reports



Water Resources of Georgia (including flooding)

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance

FEMA Press Resources


Economic Conditions

Bureau of Labor Statistics

     Latest Numbers – Consumer Price Index (CPI), Unemployment Rate…

     Subject areas – Inflation & Prices, Unemployment, Employment, Pay, and Benefits

     Featured Publications

o   Occupational Outlook Handbook

o   Monthly Labor Review

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) 

  –    Categories

o   Banking

o   Consumer Price Index (CPI)

o   Gives Notes: Understanding the CPI – View Data (graph is default)

o   Time Series

o   Exchange Rates

o   Employment & Population

o   Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Components

o   Interest Rates

o   Producer Price Indexes (PPI)

o   U.S. Trade and International Transactions

o   U.S. Financial Data

o   Regional Data

o   Economic Research & Data

  • Statistical Releases and Historical Data

o   Consumer Credit

o   Foreign Exchange Rates

o   Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States

o   Debt growth

o   Mortgage Debt Outstanding

·         Survey of Current Business 

     Bureau of Economic Analysis

     Search by Date (1994 to current)

     GDP and Other Major NIPA (national income & product accounts) Series (1929 to current)

      Economic Indicators,   (1995 to current; 1948 to current via FRASER, from the St. Louis Federal Reserve )

     Monthly; prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee

     Consumer Price Index

     Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

     Unemployment Rates

     New Construction

     Industrial Production

     Federal Finance

o   Federal Receipts, Outlays, and Debt

o   Interest Rates and Bond Yields