This is a guide to online statistical information from governments and intergovernmental international organizations selected for breadth of coverage and searchability.  The library also has extensive print material including statistical yearbooks from a wide variety of countries and international organizations.

What is the Difference Between Data and Statistics?

Data are the raw materials out of which statistics are produced, usually available as digital files for manipulation in statistical software. To find data resources available to Carleton faculty, staff and students see Find Data.  Statistics are facts or figures that tend to be aggregate counts, totals, sums, or averages.

Quick Starts

The sites below are excellent sources of comparative statistics by country or topic.  See also Library subject guides on specific topics listed under Data & Statistics.

  • UNdata
    A portal for statistical data collected by the United Nations and its related international organizations containing over 55 million data points that cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Government Finance, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.
  • World Bank Data Catalog
    Links to a wide range of data resources including World Development Indicators freely available from the World Bank.
  • OECD Statistics portal
    Access to selected free statistics via Stat.Extracts.  The Library also subscribes to the more comprehensive OECD i-Library.

Other useful sources include:

  • OffStats (via the University of Auckland)  Access to free statistics from official sources on the web. Web links are arranged by country, region or subject.