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Statistics: Introduction to Stats

Statistics/quantitative research guide.


Getting Started

This guide is designed to help get you started with your library research in statistics.

Click on any of the tabs above to find books, articles, and more.

Need More Help?

  • Email
  • Phone the reference desk at 250.740.6330
  • Stop by the reference desk in the library
  • Contact your subject librarian (info far right)

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Stats vs. Data

Statistics and Data are not the Same!  

Statistics (stats) are already analyzed data (totals, sums, averages, etc) used in reports or studies to back up a claim.  Data are the raw material that enable researchers to produce statistics, and are usually manipulated in statistical software like SPSS or SAS. 

Search Online

Zanran: Data & Statistics Search Engine - Zanran is Google for data and statistics. - A comprehensive list of open government data sites from around the world.

Searching the Library Catologue

To search for statistical information in the VIU library collection, start with LibrarySearch. For example, if you're looking for Canadian statistics on the topic of smoking, you would enter the following:


Catologue search

Search the 2016 Canadian Census

Find latest data from the 2016 Census

Search type

Subject Guide

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Kathleen Reed
Assessment and Data Librarian
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5S5

Phone: 250-753-3245
Local: 2271