When searching for statistics ask yourself:
and be prepared for the possibility that:
A lot of statistical data is freely available online. However, search engines often produce thousands of results. Using terms such as statistics, data collection, surveys or demography will help to limit your search eg. chocolate and statistics and Australia.
Use the advanced search feature on a search engine to limit your search to a .gov (government) or .org (organisation) site. Government sites may be considered a more reliable source of statistical information.
Remember to evaluate the information you retrieve from the Internet.
Looking for statistics within books and reports? Try searching the Library Catalogue:
Use truncation to find all possible variations of a search term e.g. asia** will find asia, asian, asiatic etc.
To locate statistics from specific organisations or government departments use an Author search. eg. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Found a useful publication? Check what subject headings it's listed under in the Catalogue record and try searching these terms to find other relevant titles.
Journal articles can provide a valuable source for statistical research. In addition some databases also provide actual statistical data or reports. Check the list of Library databases to see which databases might be of relevance to your subject.
In your search include terms such as statistics, data collection, surveys or demography, eg. business* and statistic* and Australia*.
Check statistical directories for suggested sources/where to search.