How to Use this Guide

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About Data

Do you need data or statistics? 

Use data … if you need to do in-depth analysis for research

  • If you want to make a correlation between aggressive behavior and gender and video games, you may need to find data and establish your own correlation.
  • If you want to make a point that too much government money is spent on moon exploration, you may need to find data to compare money spent on social issues vs. moon exploration

Use statistics … if you need quick facts to make a point.

  • If your point is that more males than females report bringing weapons onto campus, you can find statistics to support your argument.
  • If you're arguing that the price of textbooks has been rising, you can find statistics to prove it.

Source: Old Dominion University Libraries

Data & Statistics Databases