Information Skills: Finding Statistics in The Albert Sloman Library and Statistics E-Resources
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Increasingly social scientists utilise large quantities of computer data in their research, which can often be derived from a dataset deposited with a data archive. Registration is usually required before these resources can be used.
The Albert Sloman Library Guide To Statistics
The Library's e-resources are strictly licensed. You may not systematically print or download substantial quantities, or distribute information to unauthorised third parties. [More information on Permitted Use].
This is a listing of our e-resource collections for
finding statistics and datasets. See also our complete
E-Resource and Database Menu.
Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive (CNTS) (Library Database)
Based on the data resources of The Statesman’s Yearbook, CNTS offers a listing of international and national country-data facts. Contains statistical information on a wide range of countries, with data entries ranging from 1815 to the present, so particularly useful for historical data.
Portal to national & international statistical data
Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) (Library database)
Data service providing an extensive range of key economic and social data. Four main components:
ESDS Government - facilitates use of large-scale UK government surveys, such as the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey; ESDS Longitudinal - supports a range of longitudinal data collections ; ESDS Qualidata - provides access to a range of qualitative datasets ; ESDS International - provides access to a range of international datasets including IMF (Direction of trade statistics; International financial statistics); National Statistics Databank (UK official statistics time series data); OECD (Main economic indicators); UNIDO (Industrial statistics database); World Bank (World development indicators; Global development indicators). You must first register with ESDS to use this service.
Useful website with free access to a range of statistics
Quite useful portal to data, some of which may not be readily available elsewhere
Good portal to high quality statistics & data sets in the social sciences, maintained by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services
Passport GMID (Library database)
Useful source of political, economic & social data, in support of the main function of the database in providing global market business intelligence
Portal to the extensive data sets of the United Nations. See also UN Statistics Division databases
World's largest international collection of micro-level (household/ individual) census data, currently housed at the Minnesota Population Center. Find information and access data variables from 100s of censuses conducted worldwide since 1960. N.B.: registration required
Excellent starting point for information about population censuses worldwide. It includes links to the websites of national statistical offices plus a useful census Knowledge base
GREAT BRITAIN - CENSUS STATISTICAL DATA
Home of the ESRC Census Programme & portal to official population census data. Datasets from 1971 onwards can be downloaded (subject to registration) by members of the UK educational community. Offers guidance on how to find and access census related datasets. This includes microdata, aggregate statistics and boundary data. Links to online guides, training events, census related projects and research groups.
Specialist research body based at the University of Manchester that plays a key role in developing and disseminating Samples of Anonymised Records. Free access to full text of recent working and conference papers. It is possible to register to get access to some anonymised data from 1991 onwards
Information on the history, content and collection of the census. Data available from the 2011 & 2001 censuses.
Access to the complete population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. In addition to the census the site also contains enumerator's notebooks, essays from historians which set the materials in context and bibliographies to guide further reading
Socio-economic datasets from Experian (based on census data) at very local level (super output area) are available
GREAT BRITAIN - PERSONAL RECORDS
Searchable catalogue of census records from 1801-1911 plus guides to using the census. Online access to most transcripts requires payment. References to record offices which may offer free access are indicated on the website
Official website maintained in association between General Register Office for Scotland, and the National Archives of Scotland. Contains a searchable catalogue of census materials from 1841 onwards
Census information for Northern Ireland
All censuses from 1820 can be downloaded, alongside
a wealth of other material
Economic & Financial Data
Datastream (Library database)
Economic and financial data providing daily pricing and volume information on hundreds of thousands of: Equities & equity indices; Macroeconomic series from the International Financial Statistics of the IMF, World Bank, OECD and other central statistical offices; Foreign exchange rates; Interest rate series; Options & futures data. Only available in The Library Large Reading Room
OECD Statistics n.b. This portal offers free statistics, but the Library does not subscribe to OECD.Stat, the main OECD statistical database
National Statistical Data
Portal to official statistical agencies around the world. Compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
In addition, the following may be useful:
Official statistics for EU countries, gathered from the national agencies by the European Statistical Office. Its flagship publication is the Eurostat Yearbook
3. GREAT BRITAIN
Official website of the government Office for National Statistics. Huge range of social & economic statistics, including Neighbourhood Statistics.
For London see the Greater London Authority's Datastore
Official statistics are also available for:
Scotland from the Scottish Government Statistics website
Wales from the Data Unit Wales
Northern Ireland from NISRA
Datasets & Data Archives
Umbrella organisation for social science data archives across Europe. The CESSDA catalogue provides access to data sets across Europe.
Gateway to sites offering statistical data (mostly US based) and data archives.
Gateway to international data archives
Datasets on people in developing countries: their institutions, environment, communities, and economies; focusing on specific characteristics such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns characteristics such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns
Based at the University of Essex, the Data Archive stores the UKs largest collection of digital data (historical & contemporary). Portal to over 5000 UK government data sets. Some of the major studies available are: British Cohort Study; British Crime Study; British Election Study ;British Household Panel Study ;British Social Attitudes ;European Social Survey ;Family Expenditure Survey ;General Household Survey ;Health Survey for England ;Labour Force Survey ;Millennium Cohort Study ;National Child Development Study ;Workplace Employee Relations
Official UK Government portal to data sets hosted by ONS, government departments, and public bodies. Archival data sets also maintained by the National Archives through the National Digital Archive of Datasets (1997-2010)
ESDS Government, ESDS Longitudinal & ESDS Qualidata provide access to datasets held by the UKDA & other providers
Provides access to survey questions & questionnaires from a range of UK and cross-national social surveys, mostly conducted since the mid-1990s. These questionnaires, which are fully searchable, are displayed in their original context.