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New Database! LexisNexis Statistical Insight

August 3rd, 2010 by

LexisNexis Statistical Insight is a new database that combines Index and abstract records previously available from print indexes:  American Statistics Index (ASI), Index to International Statistics (IIS) with records from 1973 forward available.  LexisNexis Statistical Insight enables easy access to statistics produced by the U.S. government and international organizations.   The database includes thousands of statistical tables as well as abstracts, or summaries, of statistical publications and some full text.

Statistical Insight enables searching in indexed statistical tables, publication titles or abstracts to find where data in published.  The library has many of the indexed publications in print or electronic format.  Many of the entries are accompanied by tables in spreadsheet format, or pdf versions of the tables.

The new index was licensed beginning with the new fiscal year.

Please ask about training sessions at the end of August if you are interested in seeing how this database works.

Free Access to World Bank Data

April 21st, 2010 by Juri Stratford

The World Bank Group is now offering free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers.

Researchers may access the World Bank’s databases via a new website,

The World dataBank provides a similar interface to the earlier WDI Online. It includes World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Africa Development Indicators and Global Economic Monitor.

Understanding Economic Statistics: an OECD Perspective

September 22nd, 2009 by Juri Stratford

This volume describes how to use economic statistics in general and OECD statistics in particular. It introduces the main concepts used by statisticians and economists to measure economic phenomena and provides tables and charts with relevant data.

The book describes the production of international statistics and the availability of the data on the Internet. Chapters include coverage of the demand for economic statistics; basic concepts, definitions and classifications; the main producers of economic statistics; and assessing the quality of economic statistics.

This volume is freely available online through the OECD web site.