Statistics can sometimes be difficult to track down but they present an opportunity to back up thoughts and ideas with cold, hard numbers. The best place to find resources that will provide statistics on the State, Federal, International and even Samford community level is to check out the library's Statistics Resources page.
One of the most tried and true methods for finding out statistics in the United
States is a single publication called
The Statistical Abstract of the United States
(also known as Stat Abs). This publication covers a wide variety of topics. From population to education and
transportation to recreation, the Statistical Abstract provides merely a taste of the
vast numbers of statistics available not only from the Federal government, but from
a wide variety of private organizations and publications. Below is an example of
an entry from the most recent edition of Stat Abs.