Closely adapted from Michigan State University Libraries' How to Find Data & Statistics Subject Guide with permission. Do refer to the original Guide for more details.
Ask yourself what exactly are you needing to find?
Visit the organization’s website and see if they put the statistics online. For example,
These are some of the main types of producers of statistical information:
The government collects data to aid in policy decisions and is the largest producer of statistics overall. For example, the Department of Statistics of Singapore, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Social and Family Development and many other agencies collect and publish data. Most government statistics are free and publicly available.
International Associations or Non-government Organization
Many independent non-commercial and nonprofit organization collect and publish statistics that support their social platform. For example, the International Monetary Fund, United Nations, World Health Organization, and many others collect and publish statistics.
Academic research projects funded by public and private foundations create a wealth of data. For example, the National Science Foundation and many other research projects publish statistics based on their data collection projects. Some statistical publications are available freely online, but others may require access through subscription.
Commercial firms collect and publish data and statistics as a paid service to clients or to sell broadly. Examples include marketing firms, pollsters, trade organizations, and business information. This information is almost always is fee-based and may not always be available for public release. The library does subscribe to some commercial data services, particularly through the business library.
Look for statistics reported in journal, news, and magazine articles. If they report a source, be sure to follow it up!
By searching the Library's OneSearch, you can determine if anyone has conducted research into your area of inquiry. You may find a journal article with statistical tables on your topic, or you may find out that you have chosen such a unique topic that little to no research exists in that area. Maybe you can be flexible with your topic and find a similiar substitute.
Think about where to search and which keywords to use.
When searching the Internet, be sure to identify your topic keywords carefully and try using synonyms.
Statistical publications will always include the keyword "statistics" in the subject information about the book. For example:
Education -- Statistics.
Health insurance -- Singapore -- Statistics.
Singapore -- Statistics.
Knowing this, you can use a technique for limiting your search to statistical publications by going to the Advanced Search of Library's OneSearch and search under SU SUBJECT TERM for your topic.
Knowing when to ask for help is important.
Keep in mind that one possible reason nothing is turning up is that the statistic you need was never collected! Be flexible and consider alternative measures.
Don't take statistics at face value. Consider the source and method used to create the statistic. Be a critical information consumer!
Statistics should be cited just like any other source you consult.
Check out this guide on citing statistical tables if you're not sure how.