Statistics and numeric data

Key databases

Full list of library databases for Statistics and numeric data.

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New Zealand

Resources to customise data

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International

Websites

  • ClickZ Stats
    Reports on internet and media trends.
  • Correlates of war data
    Scientific data about war, and identification of the factors that would explain the temporal and spatial variation in war.
  • Cranet
    Cranfield Network on Comparative Human Resource Management. Contact Erling Rasmussen for access.
  • Current Population Survey
    United States Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly survey of about 50,000 households.
  • Eurostat
    The leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe. It includes EU policy indicators, population and social conditions, and economy, finance, general and regional statistics.
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics
    Statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) delivers comparative data for countries on education, science and technology, culture, and communication.

More websites are in OFFSTATS under specific topics.

Economic statistics datasets free on the web

Data meta sites

  • Data links
    Sponsored by the AEA, (American Economics Association) mostly to economic and financial data resources.
  • Data on the net
    SSDC (Social Science Statistical Data) links to social science statistical data, data catalogs and data libraries.
  • Economic data
    Links from Rutgers University Libraries.
  • FedStats
    United States Federal Statistics. Select relevant data from the drop down lists.
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Search by country or select Free text search for data.

Data archive centres

  • Australian Social Science Data Archive
  • CAMSIS
    University of Stirling Cambridge Social Interaction and Stratification Scales project is an internationally comparative assessment of the structures of social interaction and stratification across a number of countries
  • CESSDA 
    Council of European Social Science Data Archives. Includes North America and Australasia.
  • COBRA
    Collection of Biostatistics Research Archives.
  • Government Document Archive
    United States researching public documents.
  • IASSIST 
    International Association of Social Science Information Service and Technology.
  • IFDO 
    International Federation of Data Organizations for the Social Sciences.
  • NDAD 
    National Digital Archive of Datasets is part of the United Kingdom National Archives. Provides access to government policy and legislation across a wide range of issues (eg, health, education, housing, crime and the environment).
  • UK Data Service 
    United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council.

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Print resources

Statistical information can be in either print or electronic form. The General Library, University of Auckland, has a fairly comprehensive collection of statistical data both in print and electronic format. The print Statistics Collection is located on Level M, General Library. There are QR codes on the shelves to link from the print to the current electronic version using a mobile phone or ipad. Also check NZStats and OFFSTATS for online links.

Yearbooks, statistical bulletins, abstracts, etc, published by national statistical offices or other government departments for most countries.  Selected monographs which contain substantial statistical information published by a quasi-government or non-government organisations are also included.

The material is arranged by:

  • S1 - Non governmental organisations (NGOs), followed by the organisation abbreviation (eg, EU, FAO, ILO, IMF, OECD, UN).
  • S2 - National statistics, followed by the country abbreviation, then by a code based on a subject keyword, eg,  S2 / FJI  STAn  (Statistical news / Fiji Bureau of Statistics) or S2 / NZ CEN (New Zealand Census).
  • S3 - International statistics from tertiary sources such as Euromonitor, Economist Intelligence Unit, Mintel, etc.

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Search tips

  • Consider What kind of data?
  • Include 'statistics' in a Library Search or database search, eg, education new zealand statistics.
  • The print equivalent of electronic publications provides more detailed information on how, for example, data has been calculated or the source of the raw data.
    • Books in the Statistics Collection, Level M, General Library have a Not to be borrowed or Reference only status.
    • Books with statistical information (including appendices with statistical data) in the general collections are available for borrowing.
  • Journal and newspaper articles often include statistics, search a selection of databases for likely articles eg, 
  • Check in NZSTATS and OFFSTATS databases.
  • For business data use BISO to refresh your research skills
  • See also Country information for profiles, rankings and rating; Energy information sourcesStatistics, Mathematics and Finance.

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New Zealand as a village of 100 people has been released by Statistics NZ to support the 2013 census.

What is a census?

The census in New Zealand is an official count of population and dwellings. It takes place every five years and is carried out by Statistics New Zealand. For further information go to About census, Statistics NZ.

Definitions

  • Census 
    From the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  • Census geography
    From the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.

Key resources

Further information

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Key resources  |  Collected works on New Zealand  |  Census from 1851

Key resources

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Collected works on New Zealand

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Census from 1851

See also New Zealand history

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New Zealand

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New Zealand with international comparisons

  • Comtrade
    United Nations. Bilateral trade by commodity for most countries from 1962 onwards, where available. There are some gaps in the 1970s for New Zealand data.
  • OECD iLibrary 
    Statistics package >  ITCS International Trade by Commodities. Annual statistical data on imports and exports by commodities and by partner countries in OECD countries and selected non OECD countries including China, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei. Instructional videos are available
  • OFFSTATS
    University of Auckland. Check under Topics and Regions headings.
  • WTO statistical database
    World Trade Organization annual time series data from 1980 onwards of bilateral flows by broad commodity. Provides Trade Profiles, Tariff Profiles, Services Profiles, and Time Series.
  • International trade statistics
    World Trade Organization. Includes trade by Region and Sector. Print collection at S1/GATT  TRA, General Library Statistics Collection, Level M.
  • International Trade Statistics Yearbook
    United Nations. Data on bilateral trade and trade by commodity (SITC 2, BEC). Print collection at S1/UN TRAy, General Library Statistics Collection, Level M.
  • Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)
    International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides world and regional data. Specific country data is also available. Direction of trade data is available in Datastream under IMF in the 'Economics' view, but there is no commodity data; DOTS data is also available within the International Financial Statistics database.
  • UNdata
    United Nations Statistics Division.
  • World Development Indicators  (WDI)
    World Bank. Provides time series indicators includes, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets and Global Links for these countries.

See also International trade.

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Specialised in-depth data

Statistics for universities
Statistics New Zealand under the CONZUL agreement, provides a customised in-depth data service and access to New Zealand and Australian Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs).

Customised in-depth data

  • Customised and specialised in-depth data can be requested for specific research projects being carried out at the University of Auckland. Contact the University of Auckland Contact Officer.

Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)

  • Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) are unit record data that have been modified to protect the confidentiality of respondents while also maintaining the integrity of the data.
  • New Zealand and Australian CURF datasets are available
  • Any current staff member or student of the University of Auckland can apply to use CURFs.

There are different processes in the application and access to CURF datasets for Statistics New Zealand and the Australian Bureau of Statistics CURFs (ABS):

Statistics New Zealand CURFs access

Steps required:

  1. Read the Statistics New Zealand guides and the Microdata access policy.
  2. Complete and submit the application form, for approval.
    Or
    Contact the Access to Microdata service.
  3. Statistics New Zealand website - CURFs for more information.
  4. For further assistance Contact Officer.
  5. Once research and use is completed, send the CURF to the Contact Officer for return.

Australian Bureau of Statistics CURFs access

Steps required:

  1. Read the Deed of Undertaking form.
  2. Complete and submit an Australian CURF 'how to apply' for approval.
  3. There is a detailed guide for CURF users and a list of CURFs.
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics CURF microdata for more information.
  5. For further assistance Contact Officer
  6. Once research and use is completed, send the CURF to the Contact Officer for return.

Support

  • Referencing
    Access a range of tools and support material to assist your referencing work.

Examples

  • Quick©ite
    Use this interactive tool to view examples of references.
    Covers a range of styles used at the University of Auckland. Included is an example for statistics and numeric data

Last updated : 23 July 2014