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ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry: Data & Statistics

A guide to the library resources that support research in the production of unified, coherent, well-developed essays for the ENG 111 course.

Using Statistics in Your Research

Numbers are powerful. Words can sometimes be difficult to define, and are therefore ambiguous, but numbers and statistics tend to provide a feeling of solidity and security. 5 is always greater than 4, and 10 is always half of 20.

As sure as numbers can be, statistics can be confusing, and easily misunderstood or misused. Even when used correctly some writers and presenters make the mistake of assuming that the statistics speak for themselves. A statistic is a measurement of something, and in order for an audience to understand the statistic they need to be aware of exactly what was measured, how it was measured, and how that information was reported. 

The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill has an excellent online handout about understanding the using statistics effectively.

Sample Statistics

Table 954: Energy Supply And Disposition By Type Of Fuel: 1973 To 2018 [Selected Years]

Energy Information Administration. "Energy Supply And Disposition By Type Of Fuel: 1973 To 2018 [Selected Years]." ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 2019 Online Edition. ProQuest, 2019. Web. 15 Aug 2019.

Table 1076: Food And Alcoholic Beverage Expenditures By Sales Outlet: 2000 To 2017 [Selected Years]

Economic Research Service (USDA). "Food And Alcoholic Beverage Expenditures By Sales Outlet: 2000 To 2017 [Selected Years]." ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 2019 Online Edition. ProQuest, 2019. Web. 15 Aug 2019.

Databases for Data & Statistics

Sample Statistics

Infographic: Which degree will earn you the most? | Statista

Armstrong, Martin. "Which Degree Will Earn You The Most?." Statista, Statista Inc. Web. 15 Feb 2019.

You will find more infographics at Statista

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Map of ICC Service Area: % of Population with Some College, by Zip Code

Easy Analytic Software Inc. Census Data: Educational Attainment. (2018). SimplyAnalytics. Retrieved from SimplyMap database. Web. 15 Aug 2019.

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