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Data and Statistics: Home

A guide to help you find data and statistics - useful to students and researchers across many disciplines


Welcome to the Geoffrey R. Weller guide to finding data and statistics, with a focus on Canadian information.

Quick search: Use the following search box to quickly search for data and statistics across Canadian and American sources using the <odesi> search. This collection includes Statistics Canada, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, and popular opinion polls


Data or Statistics - which do you need?

This guide covers finding data and statistics from surveys and censuses, focused on the population of Canada.

Are you looking to find out characteristics of a population or group - maybe the median income in your neighborhood, or the prevalence of a specific disease? You'll want to check out the Statistics section.

Looking for data you can analyze yourself, using software like Excel of SPSS? The Data section is where you want to look.

In these data sets, each individual respondent will be represented by a  row, and each column will represent the answer to a question asked on the survey. For example:

Respondent_ID eye_colour hair_colour
1 blue blonde
2 brown brown
3 green brown

Each row above represents a person, and each column represents a variable, or answer to a question. Of course, the data sets available here are much bigger, with thousands of rows and hundreds of columns.

Data Services Librarian

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Sarah Giesbrecht
Geoffrey R. Weller Library, Room 5-487