Research Guide: Researching an Argument

This guide will help you research and find evidence to support an argument.

Evidence: statistics

Supporting your argument with factual evidence

The next step in the process is to find evidence to support your own argument. I guarantee your instructor does not want to read an argument packed full of statistics! However, a carefully placed, specific statistic can be very useful. Use the links below to find statistics on various topics.

General collections of statistics

Sample Agency statistic websites

Where Can I Find Statistics?

Strategies for Finding Statistics

  1. Many statistics are gathered by government agencies (for example, the U.S. Department of Energy) or large organizations (for example, The American Cancer Society.) Use the tabs above to explore websites that gather statistical information
  2. However, you can also find good statistics within books or journal, magazine or newspaper articles. 
  3. When you find statistics, check the source of the data.  In other words, does the book, article or website list where the statistics came from?  Do they come from a reputable or well-known source?  If not, attempt to find statistics from a more trustworthy source.