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ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013 has been named by H.W. Wilson as “A Core Collection Star Title”. One of only six publications chosen for this prestigious honor. The award recognizes ProQuest Statistical Abstract for its significant achievement and considers it a highly recommended title for use by librarians. It’s included in the Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction, as well as the Senior High Core Collection.

Some Background
ProQuest released its decision to carry on publishing the Statistical Abstract, once the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition. This move ensured concerned librarians, journalists, and researchers of the continuation of this essential research tool, which has been circulating since 1878.

 

This premier guide is a comprehensive summary of an array of extraordinary statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Essentially, it is a snapshot of America and its people. It is one of the best-known statistical reference publications in the country. “The annual portrait by numbers reveals sharp contrasts within any given year as well as a moving picture of how the nation has been changing,” said Sam Roberts, writing about the 2013 edition in the New York Times

Why is ProQuest Statistical Abstract worthy of a star?
Not only has ProQuest taken on the role of continuing the legacy in both print (through Bernan Press) and online formats of this publication known to librarians and researchers alike as an answer book and guide to statistical abstracts. But, with the added support of the ProQuest statistical editorial team bringing 35 years of experience in acquiring, abstracting, and indexing Federal Government statistical publications and tables, improvements have also been made.
The print edition is recognizable with roughly the same number of tables as in past versions. Even more value is added to the work by also including detailed bibliographic documentation, an updated back-of-the-book index, and updated introductory sections.

The ProQuest online edition has search features that the Census Bureau did not, and will be updated monthly. Since relying on the limited capabilities of free-text searching does not produce effective results, particularly with the tabular format of statistical data, when searching on the ProQuest Statistical Insight database, it will take you directly to the information you need because it directs you straight to the tables, or allows you to easily find the right publication with the right key tables.

 

What it means to be chosen as A Core Collection Star Title
To receive this honor, a book must meet stringent selection policy and be of the highest quality to be chosen for inclusion in one of the Core Collections. This is determined by a team of selectors and the advisory board of H. W. Wilson, consisting of a group of renowned librarians. This award is especially rewarding because we value librarians and librarians value the Statistical Abstract. You’ll find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries as the authoritative go-to source. Furthermore, who doesn’t love to receive a gold star?

12 Jun 2013 | Posted by Tara Shepard

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