The Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011 was published this past month by the Census Bureau, an event worthy of two columns of ink in the New York Times. In a neat series of graphics, the Times crunched 1000-plus pages of numbers into 18 factoids that reveal some interesting trends in the body politic.
Comparing statistics from one decade to the next is a powerful way to use data, and editions of the Statistical Abstract going back to 1878 are available online. However, there are times when flipping through pages can be more productive than scrolling through screens. That’s where the Alkek Library catalog can be most helpful, as it lists the print copies available in Government Information.
So come on up to the 4th floor. The New York Times article and the latest Statistical Abstract are on the Government Information Staff Picks display through the end of February and print copies going back to 1889 can always be found on the Government Information reference shelves.