General sources

U.S. Government's open data containing data, tools, and resources to conduct research.  Tutorial video

Google Public Data

Google has a public data search which enables users to find and compare Bureau of Labor Statistics and some US Census data.

State and County QuickFacts

State and County QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state and county level.


Created and maintained by the US government, USAGov is the official gateway to all US government information on the web. Find data about the U.S., such as maps and population, demographic, and economic data.

More specialized sources

Census of Agriculture

The Census of Agriculture is a census conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) that provides uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the United States.

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Statistics include economic and demographic information.

Information Plus Reference Series

The Information Plus Reference Series compiles all the pertinent data, both current and historical, on a wide variety of contemporary social issues. Many of these books are available online. If there is a link in the record, you can access them online. If not, you will find the book in our reference area of the library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This database provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues including the Death Penalty, Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism.

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Population Reference Bureau

Worldwide demographics.

U.S. Census Bureau

Leading source of data about the United States population and economy.

World Bank

The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank website collects statistics about economics, development, and poverty.

Child Trends

Website for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Find reports, databases, and other sources of statistics and demographic data on children and families in the United States, child abuse and neglect, child welfare services, children and youth in foster care, and domestic and international adoption.

Easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

Women's Bureau

The Women's Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. This is the data and statistics area of their website. 

Women's Health - CDC

Statistics on women's health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs (e-book)

Contains statistics and discussion on the social and moral issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs. -Part of the Information Plus Reference Series.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

National and state statistics related to justice agencies and crime.

Bureau of Prisons

Locate information on prison personnel, crimes, and prisoner demographics. 

Capital Punishment Statistics

Lists executions back to 1930; farther down in this page, BJS bulletins from 1993-2000 list characteristics of those sentenced to die and those executed.

Census: Domestic Violence Counts

NNEDV's Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) is an annual noninvasive, unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from U.S. domestic violence shelter programs during a single 24-hour survey period. Conducted annually by NNEDV since 2006, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.

College and University Campus Crime Statistics

Locate recent national campus crime statistics. 

Crime and Victim Statistics

Find demographics on victims and offenders, geography, and the crime event. Links are also available for other victim and crime-related statistics. 

Drug and Crime Facts

Find statistics on drug-related crimes. A helpful bibliography is also included for further study. 

Uniform Crime Reports

Summarizes crime statistics in the United States and is published by the FBI. Includes the publications: Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety

Find data on type of crime, age, and methods of discipline. Older editions are available from

Injury Prevention and Control

Data and Statistics compiled by the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center). The Injury Center is the only U.S. federal agency that deals exclusively with injury and violence prevention in non-occupational settings. 

Jane Doe, Inc.

Massachusetts statistics related to sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. JDI is a sexual and domestic violence statewide, non-profit, advocacy, membership organization in Massachusetts.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Trends and Statistics

There are a variety of sources of information NIDA uses to monitor the prevalence and trends regarding drug abuse in the United States. This website covers a variety of drug related issues, including information on drug usage, emergency room data, prevention and treatment programs, and other research findings.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

Search the online version of this popular comprehensive source. The Sourcebook is divided into six major sections: Characteristics of the criminal justice systemsPublic attitudes toward crime and criminal justice-related topicsNature and distribution of known offensesCharacteristics and distribution of persons arrestedJudicial processing of defendants, and Persons under correctional supervision. Most statistics are on the state and national level.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Statistics by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

United States Drug Enforcement Administration Stats & Facts

Statistics and facts compiled by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

CDC Wonder

Find a plethora of stats and other information on topics such as chronic diseases, health practice and prevention, communicable diseases, injury prevention, environmental health, and occupational health. A reference section provides valuable vital and demographic data.

Health, United States

Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Center for Health Statistics

A impressive site for health statistics with the most popular listed in the "Top Ten Links." Click on FASTATS to search for statistics by topic. For more extensive statistical tables and "micro-data", please visit the Data and Statistics Page.

Surgeon General Reports

Search this site for official Surgeon General Reports dating back to 1964.

The Census: Education

The Census Bureau provides information on a variety of educational topics, from educational attainment and school enrollment to school costs and financing. 

Digest of Education Statistics

Contains information on a variety of subjects in the field of education statistics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international education.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: Statistical Reports

Statistics on Massachusetts elementary and secondary schools, including graduation rates, grade retention reports, educator and enrollment data, mobility rates, student exclusion data, and more.

MyBib Citation Generator

MyBib is a free online citation bibliography creation tool. It can create citations and bibliographies in many styles including MLA and APA. MyBib allows you to paste in a website URL or even search for a book, article, or other source by title, and will pull most of the information you need to create a citation (though you may need to double check that the information is correct and complete).

Once you've created your citations, MyBib allows you to copy paste your citations, download them as a Word document, save them to your Google Drive, print them, or email them to yourself.


Zotero is, at the most basic level, a reference manager. It is designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and articles. In Zotero, each of these references constitutes an item. More broadly, Zotero is a powerful tool for collecting and organizing research information and sources.

This quick start guide will help you understand what Zotero can do to help you with manging and citing sources for research. You can also contact us at the library. We are here to help!

HCC has a Writing Center that can help with citations and examples can be seen in the MLA Guide and APA Guide from Purdue.


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