Statistics: Introduction to Stats
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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: