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Social Group Statistics: Home

Topics include: Elderly and Aging, Families and Children, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity.

About this guide

This guide points to major sources of statistical information relating to major demographic and social groups including: the elderly, families and children, gender and sexuality and race and ethnicity.

Sources of statistical information are held throughout the Michigan State University Libraries. This guide is not comprehensive; rather, it provides information on a selection of some of the most important general sources. This guide includes both freely available WWW resources as well as library subscription resources and print materials.

Please ask at the Main Library Reference Desk (floor 1 Center) if you need further assistance, or contact the author of this guide (listed to your right).

General Sources and Compendiums

This is a sample of reference materials that provide comprehensive overviews of topical statistical information.  Be sure to check table source notes and appendixes for pointers to additional and more in-depth information.



Statista is a statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources including agriculture, advertising, health, hospitality, consumer goods, and much more.


ProQuest Statistical Insights

Indexes and abstracts statistical publications from the US government, state governments, international organizations, and professional associations. The library has an extensive microfiche collection of documents not available online. Need help using this index? Visit the ProQuest Statistical Research Guide


ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the US

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Replaces the Census Bureau publication (1878-2012).


Social Change in America: the historical handbook - edited by Patricia C. Becker

Call number: HA 203 .S746 2006 Online.
Presents a statistical portrait of the U.S. population with both current and historical information.

Subject Librarian

Carin Graves

Librarian Liaison for Sociology, Social Work, and Human Development and Family Studies

Subject Guides

For general Social Work resources please refer to the Social Work Resources subject guide. 


For general Sociology resources please refer to the Sociology Resources subject guide. 


For general Human Development and Family Studies resources please refer to the Human Development and Family Studies Resources subject guide. 

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