Databases, other than the Key databases, used by the Department to find statistics-related material — especially in other disciplines.

Additional reference works

Additional e-book encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries may be found in the Catalogue or via the full-text databases listed above.
For example:

For addition sources, especially marketing and economic data, see the Statistics and numeric data list maintained by the Library's Business and Economics Information Services team.

Research consultations

The Statistics Subject Librarian is available for individual research consultations to help with in-depth information queries and use of Library resources.

In the first week of Semester One, there is a 1-hour hands-on workshop on Statistics — restricted to students enrolled in Statistics 779. Please book at least an hour beforehand, to ensure you are emailed the current guide(s).

Doing a literature search

Your time is important. Effective literature searching is efficient:

  1. The topic, context, and treatment
          Establish the problem statement or research question
          Know the background
          Perhaps use review articles
          Always focus on your intended treatment.
  2. The search itself
          Types of databases
          Adapting your search to the database
          What to do when good databases go bad...
  3. Evaluating your search results
          Given criteria to establish the relevance and quality.

For advanced projects, finding relevant, subsequent citations of your core research material is advisable.
Citation searching sometimes discovers unexpected applications.

Finding a specific item

  1. Search for the item's title (or other keyword or phrases) in our Articles and more.
  2. Failing that, search the Catalogue for the name of its journal or book.
  3. Check we have what you need —  i.e., correct author, edition, etc.
  4. If it is still unavailable, feel free to ask your subject librarian for help.
  5. Perhaps request an Interlibrary Loan.

Current awareness services

For some databases, you can convert a search into an Alert. This is very useful for specific long-term projects or in your main research area. You will be emailed when new items are added to that database that match your search criteria, and may include:

  • New items that match an existing search.
  • New works by a particular author.
  • New citations (references made) to particular works, or even all works, by a particular author.

The options depend upon the specific database concerned.
The key mathematical statistics databases (MathSciNet, Zentralblatt) do not permit emails Alerts, but Scopus, Web of Science, and many other scientific databases do.

The Department does not have an officially mandated referencing style. Check whether your tutor or supervisor has any specific requirements. Similarly, if submitting research for publication, many journals specify a particular style that must be used.

Referencing software makes it easier and faster to keep track of your references and to cite them in the correct style.


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


  • Quick©ite
    Use this interactive tool to view examples of references.
    Covers a range of styles used at the University of Auckland.


Most referencing software (including RefWorks, EndNote, and Mendeley) allow you to export all your existing references to BibTeX format.
Many scientific databases have BibTeX as an output option — If not, upload those results to RefWorks (or other viable software), then export to BibTeX.

Last updated : 22 February 2018
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