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2014 ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States (print Reference  HA 202 .P76 2014) 
A carefully selected collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people. Thousands of tables from hundreds of sources and valuable, detailed bibliographic documentation.  You can also find the 2012 U.S. Census online (131st edition).

OECD Factbook 2014: Economic, Environmental, and Social Statistics (print Reference HC 59 .15.O33 2014)
A comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual publication.

State Rankings 2014: A Statistical View of America (print Reference HA 214 .H68 2014)

Information Plus Series
Available behind the reference desk and online through Opposing Viewpoints in Context database. This series compiles data, both current and historical, on a wide variety of contemporary social issues.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Full Text. Pro/Con articles on a variety of subjects, statistics, and a wide variety of other reference and periodical sources. Via Gale. Opposing Viewpoints in Context Full Text. Pro/Con articles on a variety of subjects, statistics, and a wide variety of other reference and periodical sources. Via Gale. Also available behind the reference desk
  • Washington State Statistics

    Washington State Data Book
    Information obtained from state and federal agencies as well as private business on Washington, its people, economy, and government in 11 sections: Population, Economy, State Government Finance, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Education, Natural Resources, Environment, Energy, Transportation, and Local Government.

    City and County Data for Washington
    Links to information about Washington counties, including collections of general information as well as a variety of sources dealing specifically with population, the economy, and county government finance

    Washington’s Population
    As the official partner of the U. S. Census Bureau for Washington state, the Population unit helps disseminate information about the characteristics of Washington’s population, housing, and economy.

    Washington Trends
    State economic, demographic, and social trends

    Washington Health Data
    Washington Dept. of Health

    Washington Statistical Analysis Center for Criminal Justice Information
    A clearinghouse for state criminal justice information such as arrests, felony sentences, incarceration, and sex offenders.

    Washington Transportation Maps and Data
    Collision, travel, and roadway data

    Washington State Data
    Search and browse hundreds of datasets related to Washington

    Washington State Geospatial Portal
    Access to geospatial technology resources, products, and services for schools, state agencies, counties, cities, tribal governments and the public


    Federal Statistics

    Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government. More than 100 agencies provided data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.

    Statistical Abstract Series
    Comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States from 1879 – 2012.  (Current edition available via print Reference  HA 202 .P76 2014).

    Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The BEA produces and disseminates economic accounts statistics that provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of economic activity.

    Bureau of Transportation Statistics
    Includes access to databases, articles, and journals on all areas of transportation.

    Economics & Statistics Administration
    ESA’s expert economists and analysts produce in-depth reports, fact sheets, and briefings on policy issues and current economic events. Includes economic indicators.

    Bureau of Justice Statistics 
    The BJS is the primary source for criminal justice statistics in the United States. The site provides links to publications, data collections, data analysis tools; related links to topics such as corrections, courts and sentencing and crime type; and a link to other federal agencies which fall under the Department of Justice, e.g. the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics 
    The BLS serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

    Consumer Price Index (CPI)
    Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

    National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  
    The mission of the NCES is the collection and analysis of education related data.  Among other features, the site provides links to publications and surveys, data and data analysis tools, and annual reports.

    Business Data and Statistics

    Food and Agriculture Organization statistical database (FAOSTAT)
    Contains over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in: production, trade, food-balance sheets, food aid shipments, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, agricultural machinery, population, and more. From the United Nations.


    International Statistics

    United Nations Statistics Division – Access their publications as well as their data.

    UN Data – Search a number of UN statistical databases from a single search box. Search for statistics from all UN member nations on commodities, agriculture, health, greenhouse gases, development, gender, labor, population, tourism, food security and more.

    UNESCO Institute for Statistics – “…cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication….”

    Washington State Government Documents

    The nearest depository library for Washington State government documents is Western Washington University, in their Government Documents collection.

    Washington State Government Documents – a guide from WSU


    Federal Documents

    Gov Info LogoGovInfo
    This site provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government and allows you to, search or browse for documents and publications alphabetically, by category, by Congressional committee, and by date.


    **Latest: 2010 United States Census**

    Other Cool Things from the U.S. Census

    American FactFinder
    An interactive, searchable database maintained by the Census Bureau, includes Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Economic Census, and other data sets. Allows users to compile census data into tables, maps and downloadable files, which can be viewed or printed.

    World Population Clock
    Recently updated with features and information for 228 countries. In addition to featuring the 10 most populous countries, already available in the clock, it now includes country profiles with trade and population statistics, such as total population, population per square kilometer, and goods exported from and imported to the United States. Additional features include graphics on population projections and top exported goods by U.S. state or territory.

    Interactive Maps
    Work with interactive mapping tools from across the Census Bureau.

    Economic Census
    The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. Latest edition is 2012.

    Publications by Topics
    Subjects covered: Education, Employment, Families & Living Arrangements, Health, Housing, Income & Poverty, Population.

    Statistics of U.S. Businesses
    Provides national and subnational data on the distribution of economic data by enterprise size and industry. SUSB covers most of the country’s economic activity. The series excludes data on nonemployer businesses, private households, railroads, agricultural production, and most government entities.

    General Format

    MLA Logo. Decorative.

    Government, Agency. Title of Work. Printer, YEAR.

    (Based on the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, 2016.)


    Example 1

    New York State, Committee on State Prisons. Investigation of the New York State Prisons. 1883. Arno Press, 1974

    Example 2

    United Nations. Consequences of Rapid Population Growth in Developing Countries. Taylor and Francis, 1991.


    Note: Congressional publications can also include the number and session of Congress, the chamber, and the type of number of the publication.

    Example 3

    United States, 109th Congress, House, 2nd Session, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat. Government Printing Office, 2006.  House Report #615.


    In-Text Citations

    Give all the names of the agency units in the parenthetical citation.

    Example 1

    (United States, Dept. of Labor 147)

    Example 2

    (United States, Congress, House, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 237)