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By Sarah Palmer, ProQuest Customer Experience Team Lead
What region in China has the most pianos? Are the wealthiest individuals in China the piano owners?
A non-profit wants to help people in Brazil replace their coal stoves.
How many stoves should they budget to replace?
"Men Are From Mars, Women are From Venus," but they both do this equally, using their cell phone.
The questions above may sound like outtakes from a game show, or information you can use to wow people at a dinner party, but these are the types of statistics used by researchers.
Published by the Census Bureau since 1878, the Statistical Abstract of the United States has long been recognized by libraries and researchers as an essential reference tool. It is now produced by ProQuest (since the 2013 edition).
On June 1, 2015, the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States and the ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World will receive a user interface update. The streamlined look and feel enables researchers to get to the statistics they require more easily. Researchers can search or browse, add facets and narrow down the statistics for their results.
For example, a business graduate student may want to compare different areas in China to form a picture of wealth distribution in the country. Perhaps instead of looking at computer or television ownership, they have determined that a piano is a luxury item in China. By searching the ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World, they can select to only search the China Statistical Yearbook for the term “piano.” The researcher will obtain two tables – one that includes information by region and another by income level. They can then download Excel files of both tables to further personalize the output.1
The ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World database contains statistical yearbooks from many countries and allows researchers to search across the content and make comparisons.2 A student studying humanitarian efforts and designing their own relief project needs to know how to set a budget to request funding. They determine they want to help people in Brazil transition to gas stoves. Not only can they find the number of remaining coal stoves in the ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World, they don’t have to worry about not knowing the Portuguese language, since ProQuest has translated the Brazil statistical information into English.
A patron of a public library, who is also a small business owner, wants to know how to promote their business. Should they invest in a service that will text customers notices of specials or sales? Or put their advertising money into email? Are men or women more likely to respond to this kind of advertising? This type of information can also be found in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.3
Using both the US and World versions of these databases together allows information seekers to answer simple reference questions or combine information from multiple tables for their own statistical output.
To learn more about the user interface upgrade, please join one of our webinars. The webinar schedule, and links to registration, can be found on our Libguides:
(1) All China Marketing Research (China, People's Republic). "Ownership Of Major Durable Consumer Goods Per 100 Urban Households At Year-End By Region (2011) [China]." China Statistical Yearbook, 2012. Ed. ProQuest, 2013. Web: ProQuest Statistical Abstract 05/15
(2) Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (Brazil). "Permanent Private Housing Units With a Stove, According To The Type Of Fuel Predominantly Used - Brazil - 2007-2011 [Domicilios Particulares Permanentes Com Fogao, Segundo O Tipo De Combustivel Predominantemente Utilizado - Brasil - 2007-2011]." Statistical Yearbook of Brazil, 2012. Ed. ProQuest, 2013. Web: ProQuest Statistical Abstract 05/15
(3) Pew Research Center (Independent Research Organization). "Cellular Telephone Activities And Applications Among Adults By Cell Phone User Characteristics: 2013 [By Sex, Race, Age, Education, Income, And Metro Status, April 17-May 19]." ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 2015 Online Edition. Ed. ProQuest, 2015. Web: ProQuest Statistical Abstract 05/15