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Background reference sources: Statistics, almanacs, and yearbooks

Use statistics, almanacs, and yearbooks when you want to find numbers or facts on a topic. Almanacs contain facts and statistics and focus on a particular country or subject area. Yearbooks contain facts and statistics from a particular year.

Some recommended sources

BCStats
British Columbia economic, business, and demographic statistics.

Statistics Canada
Canadian statistics, including census data. Check out SFU Libraries' guides to Finding Statistics Canada Publications and Canadian census data.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Annually published guide to U.S. statistical information. For older information see also: abstracts for years before 2013.

UNData
Statistics collected by UN agencies covering economic, social, financial, and development topics.

World Almanac and Book of Facts
Published yearly, only in print. Contains political, economic, scientific, educational, and other statistics, as well as useful facts.

Find more

To find more, type your topic in the Library search box or try a keyword search for almanac OR yearbook + your topic in the Library Catalogue. You can also look at the full list of databases for statistical sources.

For statistical sources specific to your subject area, check your subject research guide or consult your subject liason librarian.