This guide provides a variety of resources that might be useful to you as a journalism student. Included are sites for obtaining factual data, statistics, government resources, and more. 


Finding Statistics

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

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National Vital Statistics System

The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing in public health and the shared relationships, standards, and procedures form the mechanism by which the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects and disseminates the nation's official vital statistics – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.

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North Carolina Crime Statistics

The North Carolina Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is part of a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  While the program’s primary objective is to generate a reliable set of criminal statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management, its data have over the years become one the country’s leading social indicators.  The UCR Program collects data on the age, race, and sex of persons arrested for all crimes except traffic violations.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Resource for labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity statistics in the United States. Agency historically has used data collection to inform public and private economic practices and policies.

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Government Resources

Explore Census Data

Searchable database of digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. Provides information related to the population, economy, and other subjects surveyed by the Census.

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American Community Survey (ACS) - U.S. Census Bureau

Source for detailed population and housing information.

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North Carolina Division of Adult Correction

The Division of Adult Correction is responsible for the care, custody, and supervision of all individuals sentenced after conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor in North Carolina. Sentences range from probation served in the community to active prison sentences served in one of the state's 66 prison facilities.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service

NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

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North Carolina Court System

Website for the North Carolina Court System

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Nations of the World - Law Library of Congress

Nation-specific legal information from the Law Library of Congress.

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govinfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch and provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

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United States Department of Labor

Official website for the United States Department of Labor:

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Resource publishes the status of federal legislation as well as information about representatives and senators in Congress including voting records and original research on legislation. Provides statistical analyses on legislative information.

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Recommended Databases

CQ Press Library

The definitive reference resource for research in American government, current public and international affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. Search or browse across all CQ Press Library collections: CQ Almanac Online, CQ Researcher Online, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, Voting and Elections Collection, and Supreme Court Yearbook.

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News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive

An archival collection comprising the backfiles of 15 major magazines (including the Newsweek archive), spanning areas including current events, international relations, and public policy. These titles offer multiple perspectives on the contemporary contexts of the major events, trends, and interests in these fields throughout the twentieth century. The collection will provide valuable primary source content for researchers in fields ranging from history and political science, through to law and economics.

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Archive of selected scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences.

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The largest collection of poll data anywhere—1935 to present, all US polling firms, broad topical coverage of opinions and behavior on social issues, politics, pop culture, international affairs, and more. International and US datasets available for immediate download.

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Westlaw Campus Research

A comprehensive database of legal materials including federal and state statutes, codes, regulations, and case law materials. Includes articles from legal journals, detailed company and financial data, as well as state, national, and international journals and newspapers.

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Ethnic NewsWatch

Ethnic NewsWatch is a current resource of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The database now also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

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Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Resource for consumers and businesses to build trust between each, address substandard market behavior, celebrate marketplace role models, and educate both parties on best practices.

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Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

A full alphabetical listing of all charity reports completed by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Resource for donors and charities to establish trust between each through unbiased evaluations by BBB.

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Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of America’s largest charities.

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North Carolina Health Info

NC Health Info is an online guide to websites of quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina. Designed to meet the needs and interests of North Carolinians, NC Health Info leads users to resources that are reliable and easy to understand. Links are selected and maintained by North Carolina librarians.

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Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.  It does not take positions on policy issues.  Its work is carried out by these seven projects:  The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Pew Internet & American Life Project, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Pew Hispanic Center, Pew Global Attitudes Project, Social & Demographic Trends.

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Open Government Guide

The Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state's open records and open meetings laws.  Each state's section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states.  There is also a separate site for the Federal Open Government Guide:

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Open Secrets

Nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy.

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Shorenstein's Journalist's Resource

Based at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, the Journalist's Resource project examines news topics through a research lens. They focus on surfacing scholarly materials that may be relevant to other media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students, and general readers.

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