Answered By: Samantha Kannegiser
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2017     Views: 24

Government and non-profit organizations collect and publish statistics on many topics, including environmental issues. Scholarly articles will also sometimes include statistical information. 

Search or browse the following government websites for statistical information on environmental issues:

1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (sample search below)

2. United Nations Statistics Division -- Environment Statistics Section (sample search below)

3. Data.gov (sample search below)

You can also search the library's databases for scholarly articles which include environmental statistics: 

1. ProQuest Research Library: Science and Technology (sample search below)

2. Academic OneFile (sample search below)

3. Science Online (Infobase) (sample search below)

Academic journals will usually provide scholarly articles which analyze and discuss statistics rather than providing individual datasets. 


Searching the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1. Go to www.epa.gov

2. Enter search terms into the search bar. In this example, "greenhouse gas emissions."

3. Note, you can also browse topics if you are unsure where to start or want to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. This search returned 17,300 results, but not all include statistical information. To narrow this down, go to Resource Type in the left sidebar. Choose "Data and Tools."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. This brings our results to 197. You can further narrow down this topic with additional keywords or the filters in the left sidebar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Searching the United Nations Statistics Division -- Environment Statistics Section

1. Go to www.unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/

2.  Enter search terms into the search bar. In this example, "greenhouse gas emissions."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. This site uses Google's search engine to search the site, so your result list should look familiar. There are no filters available for this search, so if you need to narrow down the results you should revise your search terms. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. You can also view available statistical reports by going to www.unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/ and looking under Data in the left sidebar.

 

 

 

 


Searching Data.gov

1. Go to www.data.gov

2.  Enter search terms into the search bar. In this example, "greenhouse gas emissions." You can also browse by topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. You result list will show available datasets which you can view and download. You can narrow results using the filters in the left sidebar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Searching ProQuest Research Library: Science and Technology

1. Open ProQuest Research Library: Science and Technology.

2. Enter search terms into the search bar. In this example, "greenhouse gas emissions."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Narrow results down by choosing Source Type and Document Type as Report. This is more likely to be statistical information. However, articles from scholarly journals can also include statistics in tables, charts, and diagrams. 


Searching Academic OneFile

1. Go to Academic OneFile.

2.  Enter search terms into the search bar. In this example, "greenhouse gas emissions."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Here I've narrowed my results down by choosing only documents categorized as Reports because they are more likely to be statistical information. However, articles from scholarly journals can also include statistics in tables, charts, and diagrams. You can also view reports from different sources, like journals, books, magazines, etc. (see top right corner of above image). 


Searching Science Online

1. Go to Science Online

2.  Enter search terms into the search bar. In this example, "greenhouse gas emissions."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. You can narrow your results by type of resource (right sidebar). You can also view document type using the top bar. Categories like Experiments & Diagrams and Images are more likely to have statistical information. However, articles from scholarly journals can also include statistics in tables, charts, and diagrams. 

 

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