Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)
Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a well-known and highly-valued statistical reference. In the spring of 2011, the United States Census Bureau announced that they would be publishing the last volume of the abstract that year because of budget constraints. Students value the Statistical Abstract as both an answer book (“How much corn is grown in Iowa?”) and a guide to statistical sources (“What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?”). As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of the United States and its people. The 2013 online edition of the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States offers monthly updates versus the annual updates offered by the Census Bureau; it has table-specific capabilities to narrow one's results by source, date, subject and more; the ProQuest version also includes a number of other enhancements designed for researchers, students, and educators. Lastly, ProQuest employs its own team of statistics experts to ensure the value and integrity of this resource is maintained for future research.