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Occupational Therapy

Statistics in the clinical research process

National and Local Sources

Search Tips

Here are some important search tips for finding statistics online.

1: Piggyback on the work of other researchers by searching in library databases for scholarly articles on that topic with the added keywords of "statistics or data." In the text look for statistics-indicating word patterns, such as: " According to a study/survey/report..." or "71 percent of Americans polled by Gallup..."

2: Investigate the source of the data. Was it a person?  An agency? An organization? A government? How was it collected? When? 

3: At web sites, look for links to areas named Statistics; Publications, Reports, Data or Databases 

4: In Google searches, use numbers-indicating search terms, such as market share, numeric, demographics, "industry overview", and forecast(s)


In part from Leslie F. Stebbins. 2006. Student Guide to Research in the Digital Age. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.