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Speed up your search for the perfect statistic with the new ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

January 2, 2013

Can you find the most recent reliable data to answer the following questions?

  1. What percent of firearm permit denials by the FBI are due to mental illness?
  2. How has the rate of male childhood obesity changed over the last 40 years?
  3. What percentage of Americans spend leisure time filling in Sudoku puzzles?
  4. How many households  with an income under $20,000 own a bird?
  5. What is the projected population of Africa in 2050?

One place you might want to start your search for any statisticalStatistical Abstract question is the Statistical Abstract of the United States.   Formerly a publication of the United States Census Bureau, the Statistical Abstract is a compilation of statistical data from federal, state, local and over 130 private sources.   The new database version of the publication provides a variety of features not accessible in the print publication, including:

  1. Searching, browsing, and limiting by different aspects (such as geography, subject, date, and source).
  2. Tables will be updated throughout the year as new data becomes available, rather than an annual publication.
  3. Data can be downloaded in excel for easy editing and, in some cases, extended statistic information prior to the print table is provided.
  4. Additional capabilities such as links to data sources, emailing, printing, relevance searching, bibliographic information, etc. (some of these features will be rolled out in the next few weeks).

The database is accessible from the databases tab under various stat-abssubjects in the dropdown menu, by clicking on the “S” to browse by alphabetical listing, and as a link in the reference tab of the library homepage.  While the product is setup to be user friendly, detailed help resources can found on the ProQuest LibGuide for the product.

And now the answers:

  1. In 2009, 1.4%
  2. In the late 1970’s the rate was 5.5% whereas in 2009/10 the rate was 19.7%
  3. In 2011, 11.1%
  4. In 2006, the 4.4%
  5. The2013 projection for 2050 is 2,270,000,000

 

 

 

 

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  1. January 2, 2013 6:09 pm

    I’m pleased to report the existence of a Sudoku solver right here under my roof, though it’s not me.

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