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Researching a problem requires you to look into its background. You will need to find its causes and proposed solutions. For your assignment there are going to be two kinds of background research. First, you will need to show a holistic understanding of the problem. Information about this can usually be found in scholarly encyclopedias. (Scholarly articles are often too precise and do not offer broad backgrounds.) Second, you will need to discover the scope of the problem; how many people does this affect? This kind of question can be answered with statistics. Below you'll find resources that will help you discover broad backgrounds of problems, and some statistical sources to explore as you research for your final project.
Data Planet Foundations
Contains national, state-level, and local level historical data for the areas of agriculture, crime and law enforcement, defense, economy, education, employment and labor, energy and environment, geography, government finances, health, households and housing, political science, population, social welfare as well as transportation. Replaces Sage Stats.
National Center for Health Statistics
Compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of U.S. citizens.
Provides mapping, data, and analytics tools on U.S. demographics, real estate, health, jobs, education, and more topics. Mapping allows for multiple layers and editable data ranges.
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to access current and historical U.S. Census data and demographic information. It contains maps, profile reports, data elements, and variables.
Search for Subject Encyclopedias (PSU Only)