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Library Resources for PU520

PG Library Class Visit on Demand: Finding Health & Epidemiology Statistics Online

In this long-form chat that acts as a pre-recorded class visit you can watch anytime, we review how to use Google, the PG Library, and generative AI tools like ChatGPT.

Best Bets for Data & Statistics in the Library

Statistics & Graphics Resources on the Web

In most web search engines, including Google, you can add site: before either a specific address (ex: or domain (ex: gov, org, or edu).  For example:

motor vehicle theft rates site:gov

Example Google search

The U.S. federal government is a large publisher of statistics and many basics statistics researchers and businesses rely on come from them, especially from the U.S. Census.  For most basic statistics, limiting your search with site:gov will help limit your results to factual, reliable sources.

You can also visit individual department or organization websites that offer statistics in a particular area. For direct access to some frequently used data hubs, visit the links below.

Other Google Tricks

Google offers a number of options and search tricks you can use to refine results. Some highlights include:

  • Site:
  • Filetype: 
  • “Phrase search”
  • intitle: 

Don't forget the clickable filters from menus in Google, including:

  • Tools > Any Time menu to change date
  • Tools > All Results menu to change to Verbatim to tighten results

See the links below for more comprehensive lists of options.