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This guide gives you an overview of some of the major sources of statistics. If statistics are particularly relevant to your subject area, your liaison librarian will have written a guide to statistical sources in your subject -  go to Subject help to find this information.

UK statistics

Additional UK statistics are available from the Office for National Statistics website.

European statistics

The Eurostat website is a useful index to and source of European statistical information. Some of the information free, but some will need to be ordered.

  • Eurostat Yearbook
    Current ed. 4th Floor Reference--314
    Earlier eds. Periodical Folio--314
  • Portrait of the regions
  • Regions: statistical yearbook
    Periodical Folio--314

International statistics

  • Europa world year book
    Periodical Folio--305
  • Europa year books for different areas:-
    Eastern Europe & CIS, Western Europe, Africa South of the Sahara, The Middle East and North Africa, Far East & Australasia, USA & Canada, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
    4th Floor Reference 914-918
  • FAO Statistical yearbook (UN)
    Periodical Folio--338.105
  • The FAO website also includes statistics.
  • The FAOSTAT database covers areas including: production, trade, food balance sheets, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest products, fishery products, population, agricultural machinery, and food aid shipments.
  • International Historical Statistics Online (1750-2010)
  • OECD Statistics - GDP, health, employment, trade, income distribution, finance, economic outlook, etc statistics for OECD and selected other countries
  • OECD economic surveys (by country)
  • Quandl 
    Quandl is a freely available index of over 7 million time-series datasets, covering subjects such as commodity prices, health statistics, education statistics, demographics, etc. Quandl pulls together its data from over 400 freely available sources. Data can be downloaded in a number of formats.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
  • Statistical yearbook (UN)
    Periodical Folio--314
  • UK Data Service
    The UK Data Service covers many subjects including general household survey and the labour force survey, and OECD main economic indicators. Use to find: key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative
  • World economic factbook
    Latest ed. at 4th Floor Reference--310
    Older eds. at Periodical Folio--310
  • Zanran
    Zanran is a search engine for data and statistics that focuses primarily on finding data presented in numerical or tabular form.

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