Statistical Abstract has long been the authoritative resource for statistics. This is the single most important source for starting a statistical search. Statistical Abstract collects data for all facets of social, economic, and political life and includes all federal sources, some commercial publishers, and some professional and trade organizations. Tables have notes about sources of the data which can lead to other statistics. Tables are available in .pdf and Excel (.xls) formats.
Beginning with the 2013 edition, it is available in database format.
Statistical Abstract of the United States (Online Edition) (ProQuest)
These subject and/or full text databases specialize in identifying and locating government information.
If the database is not full text, search for the title of the publication in DELCAT Discovery to find if the UD Library has the document.
Note: not all documents are listed in DELCAT Discovery as at the University of Delaware Library. See the tab Government Publications Prior to 1994 for more information.
Records of governments or organizations created or issued at the time of an event are typically regarded as "primary sources."
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.
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– James Madison, "Letter to W. T. Barry" (August 4, 1822)