Monday, September 20, 2010

Introduction to reference: Specialized information sources

Statistics Canada
A wide variety of resources are available from Statistics Canada; these include:

2001 Census

Canadian Statistics
A small collection of Canadian social and macroeconomic statistics: key monthly and quarterly measures of economic performance, annual economic data, land area, plant and animal life, and environment, population traits and trends, education, culture, health, government finances, employment, justice, and elections.

Statistic Canada’s socio-economic database. Online resource for Canadian socio-economic statistics on labor, health, income, trade, education, manufacturing, investment and more. By subscription or pay online by credit card.

Latest news from Statistics Canada. Includes access to the most recent releases from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Free Internet Publications
Hyper linked listing from Statistics Canada.

Interactive learning tool designed with the needs and interests of the education community in mind. Uses over 1,800 tables from CANISM to track trends in virtually every aspect of the lives of Canadians. Updated once a year during the summer. Students can access selected articles from Statistics Canada publications such as the Canada Year Book, Canadian social trends, Health reports, Human activity and the environment, criminal justice indicators and many others.

Historical Statistics of Canada (2nd edition, 1983)
Contains about 1,088 statistical tables on the social, economic and institutional conditions of Canada from the start of the Confederation in 1867 to the mid-1970s.

Infomat: A Weekly Review
Contains highlights of Statistic Canada reports, summary of latest monthly statistics, charts, and a list of recently released Statistics Canada publications.

Standard Classifications in Use at Statistics Canada

Standard Industry Classifications
Includes, among others:

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 1980)

Standard Occupational Classifications
Includes, among others:

National Occupational Classification – Statistics (NOC-S), 2001

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC 1991)

Statistical Profile of Canadian Communities
This site contains information from the 1996 Census of Population. These profiles contain free information for all Canadian communities (cities, towns, villages, Indian Reserves and Settlements, etc.) for metropolitan areas and for health regions. A mapping feature is also provided. 2001 Census data for the 2001 Community Profiles will be available as they are released.

Provincial and territorial web pages/agencies providing statistics

• Alberta

• British Columbia

• Manitoba

• New Brunswick

• Newfoundland

• Northwest Territories

• Nova Scotia

• Nunavut

• Ontario

• Prince Edward Island

• Quebec

• Saskatchewan

• Yukon

Canadian Council on Social Development
Statistics on poverty, welfare, income, etc.

Other countries & miscellaneous sources
There are many sites offering access to data and data resources on the Net. Here are just a few.

Statistical office of the European Community.

Population Reference Bureau (formerly AmeriStat)
Developed by the PRB in partnership with demographer Bill Frey and his colleagues at the University of Michigan’s Social Science Data Analysis Network. AmeriStat gives you instant summaries – in graphics and text - of the demographic characteristics of the U.S. population.

Excellent starting point for U.S. federal-and-state-level statistics.

United Nations. Statistics Division.
Links to national and international statistical agencies and commissions.

OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web
“OFFSTATS lists web sites offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar ‘quotable’ sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series. In the country lists, these are mainly web pages provided by statistical offices, central banks and government departments and agencies, whereas the topic list is comprised of links to the statistics pages of international organizations and associations and a few commercial sites.”

Statistical Abstract of the United Nations
Offers a vast collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States.

Statistical Resources on the Web
Comprehensive, annotated directory of the best resources for statistics on the Web. Maintained by Grace York, governments documents librarian at the University of Michigan.

WHO Global Health Observatory (GHO)
Guide to health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information available from the World Health Organization.

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