Research Guide: Statistics

This guide is a starting place to help you locate statistics on a variety of topics from many different sources

Understanding Statistics

General Collections of Statistics

Information Plus for Statistics

Using Information Plus to Find Statistics

The Information Plus Reference Series is a set of print and electronic books that are full of detailed information on a variety of topics. You can access articles in the electronic version of these books by going to the Gale Virtual Reference Library database (also called Gale Ebooks) and limiting your search by publication title, shown in the images below.  Use the links below to access the source, and use the tabs in this box to see more tips and tricks about how to search.

What can you find in articles from Information Plus?

The Information Plus Reference Series provides detailed information, including statistics, on a variety of topics.

cover of one Information Plus series print books

  • Abortion
  • Capital Punishment
  • Education
  • The Environment
  • Growing Old in America
  • Sports in America
  • Women in American Society
  • Careers and Occupations
  • Death and Dying
  • Endangered Species
  • Health and Wellness
  • Minorities
  • Space Exploration
  • Weight in America
  • World Poverty
  • The American Economy
  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Electronic America
  • Energy
  • Gambling
  • Gun Control
  • The Health Care System
  • National Security
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs
  • Animal Rights
  • Crime, Prisons, and Jails
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Growing Up
  • Immigration and Illegal Aliens
  • Social Welfare
  • Water

Limiting to the Information Plus series in Gale Ebooks

The images below show you how you can search in the Gale Ebooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) database to limit to the publication series "Information Plus."

  • After opening the database, choose the option for "Advanced Search" so you are given the multiple search boxes
  • In the first box, you can search by keyword or by a larger topic
  • In the second box, you can put in the name of the series "information plus" and then, in the drop down option at the end of the search box, you can limit that to "publication title" to see results from just that publication.

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images shows how to use the advanced search to limit to publication title, searching for Information Plus series, and a keyword

  • The image below shows just one example of the kind of statistics you can find within the articles that come from the Information Plus Reference Series. 

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image shows a graph and a chart with statistics that were pulled from the information plus series

Example of statistics in charts

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image shows a pie chart that breaks down information about disabilities. It is an example of one way stats can be presented.

Image source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010). "Disabled veterans and the labor force on the Internet" The Economics Daily, U.S. Department of Labor, at