Are you spooked by statistics?

halloweenHalloween is over but we know students still find statistics pretty spooky! Let the library staff de-mystify them for you.

Tip #1 – it’s not always necessary to re-invent the wheel.  Sometimes you can find great stats buried in a book or magazine article on your topic. Look there first.

Tip #2 – if you do need to go straight to the source, check out the  QuickLinks box on TheBRAIN. Choose Quick Reference > Statistics. Here you’ll find Statistics Canada – the mother of all crunched numbers – offering data profiling population, income, how much beer we drink and many other important aspects of Canadian life! Try The Daily…it’s an electronic bulletin covering up-to-the-minute social and economic info and is very easy to search. E-STAT is another great pick. Its interactive tool with the very strange name (CANSIM lets you customize your stats search and create tables, graphs and charts too!

Tip #3 – let the library staff protect you from those spooky statistics…just ask for help!

* This post has been made from 100% recycled material! We thought you’d want to be reminded about statistics again this year – who wouldn’t? Also, this year we have a brand new Quick Reference Guide that features a whole tab on stats! If this post is old news to you, take the new guide for a whirl! You’ll be glad you did!

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