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– James Madison, "Letter to W. T. Barry" (August 4, 1822)

Featured Database: Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)

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)

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Important Information about HIstorical Census Statistics

This book examines census information, such as instructions to enumerators. These instructions led to undercounting women and misrepresenting women's occupational status.