You can search the Library's research databases for peer-reviewed articles that use statistics to support a position or argument. You may have to try several different searches to find relevant articles.
Peer-reviewed articles can be very valuable if you are struggling to locate statistics or data from a government site or database. It's best to keep an open mind because you may not find the exact statistics you're searching for but you might find something related or useable. It can be a lot like searching for a needle in a haystack.
To start searching by keyword for articles that contain statistics, begin by selecting a subject-specific research database from the library's research home pages. You can access a particular topic from our Subject Resources page.
In the search boxes at the top of the page, type keywords that describe your topic. In one search box, use keywords for terms that can help indicate statistics, such as:
For example, if you're looking for statistics that show a link between preschool programs and literacy skills in young children, you could try the following keyword search in one of the Education databases:
First Search Box:
Second Search Box:
Third Search Box:
You can put related terms in the same search box when you use OR between these terms. For example:
findings OR data OR statistic* OR result OR analysis
For more help using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), explore the Library's Boolean Operators guide:
Some databases will offer a limiter that will allow you to restrict your search to statistical or data results only.
For example, In ProQuest databases, the Document Type menu allows you to limit your search to Statistics/Data Report: