While often the terms are used interchangeably, data is the raw information from which statistics are created. Statistics provide an interpretation and summary of data.
If you haven't already found data, but need to for your project, use our Finding Data & Statistics Guide to help you find data.
Since there are many types of statistics, how you search will depend on the kind of information you need.
You can see a list of all of our databases that contain Data & Statistics.
More Strategies for Finding Statistics
Search the catalog. IUCAT contains books and government information with statistical information. In the Advanced Catalog Search, enter your topic in 'All Fields' and enter 'statistics' in the 'Subject' line. If you're looking for recent information, limit the date range to the appropriate years (e.g. the past 3, 5, or 10 years).