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Defining our Terms

Statistics: "The practice or science of collecting and analysing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample."

 Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Data: "For social science, data is generally numeric files originating from social research methodologies or administrative records, from which statistics are produced."
     ICPSR Glossary of Social Science Terms

Related Research Guide

Also check the Social Science Data Guide.

Selected Multidisciplinary Resources

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