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Finding Statistics   Tags: demographics, health_promotion, statistics  

This guide will assist you to locate relevant statistics for your assignments.
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Library Search

Library Search can be used to find a wide range of information sources including books, ebooks, journal articles, streamed videos and Course Resources Online. 

Use this box to start your search.

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Finding Statistics on a Topic

Use a search engine, such as Google, to locate statistics on the topic.

Topic example 1: Locating statistics on smoking incidence in Australia.

Keywords / Search terms: statistics smoking australia

Topic example 2: Locating statistics on communities in Australia.

Keywords / Search terms: statistics (demographic OR communit*) australia


Evaluation of Statistical Data

Ask the following questions when attempting to evaluate the statistical data:


Who is the author(s)? What are the author(s) qualifications/authority?


What is the date range of the data and is it intended to be current or historical?


Who is the intended audience? What type of publication is the data published in and is the data clearly represented?


Are the statistics accurate? Can they be verified? Is there bias?


Note: Evaluation of statistical data and analysis of statistical data are two different things.

Evaluation is determining the quality of the data e.g. the research methodology used to gather the statistics, reliability of the research tool.  

Analysis provides the description of amounts, proportions and patterns in the data e.g. pie charts, standard deviations.

Statistical Databases

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
    Description: The ABS website provides statistical information and full text articles and reports produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (includes census data).
  • OECD iLibrary
    Description: OECD iLibrary is OECD's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. Access is available for titles published from January 1998 onwards.

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