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Research Resources: Class Guides

SOC 100A: Power, Prejudice, and Identity (Fall 2008)

Locating data on race, gender, and educational attainment in America today

Data: something known or assumed as fact
Uninterpreted data: data that has no meaning assigned to it


Statistical Abstract of the United States
Compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau as a summary of "statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States." In addition to the Census Bureau, sources of data include other Federal agencies and private organizations. (Also available in the library in print format at Ref. Desk HA 202 .U8 2008.)

American Factfinder
Fast access to population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

National Center for Education Statistics
Publishes the Digest of Education Statistics, a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school.

Please consult The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources, Third Edition, call number Ref. Desk Z 7164 .G7 G37 2002 (ask for it at the library reference desk).
Example citation for a table from the Digest of Education Statistics:
"Table 11: Educational attainment of persons 18 years old and over, by state: 2000 and 2005." In Digest of Education Statistics, 2007. Available at: referrer=list; Accessed: 9/10/2008.

Journal articles and reports in education.

LexisNexis Statistical Universe
Statistical data from U.S. government agencies, private organizations, and international sources.

Finding Books

  • Select CATALOG from the Library home page. To find books for this class use word, phrase, and subject terms relevant to your artist and his or her life.
  • When you discover a book of interest, select the "DETAILS" tab, and then the "FULL RECORD" tab to look at Subject terms assigned to the book. Click on a subject term to find other books on your topic in the library.

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