Library Training – Statistical Abstract

Zombie Statistics: The Statistical Abstract of the United States Returns from the Dead!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 @ 3:00 p.m. – Library 1st Floor Computer Lab

For more than 130 years, the United States government published an annual compilation of statistics on nearly everything. It was THE resource if you wanted to say with authority how many or how much about anything in the United States, but they decided to kill it in a response to budget cuts and the last issue was released in 2011. Librarians were appalled. How could the nation survive without this basic compilation of data? In theory, the information was available “on the web”, but if you have tried to find reliable numbers on the internet you can understand that a single summary was very useful. The complaints were finally loud enough that the Statistical Abstract was resurrected. The commercial database provider ProQuest took it on and the Zombie Statistical Abstract was made available in December of last year. It is different from the old one. It is only available online, and access is no longer free. Come by and learn what the Statistical Abstract can do for you and make sure that the university and the library get our money’s worth!

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