Statistics are the product of processing and analysis of data. They provide useful and meaningful information. Statistics are published as tables, charts, graphs, maps etc. Students often request help finding statistics or statistical information for papers, reports and presentations.
Microdata are "raw values" that require processing and analysis to produce statistics. Microdata do not generally provide meaningful information when viewed directly. Processing requires a working knowledge of statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS and STATA.
For a more comprehensive description, see Statistics: Power From Data!
IMPORTANT! - Proper citation is required when using these products for papers, publications, reports or presentations. Data sets with restricted access are licensed to current students, faculty and staff for non-commercial use only.
Data Services in the Library
The Library provides access to various Canadian research data. We are happy to assist in locating and downloading these data. At this time we are not able to provide assistance with analysis of any kind. Nor do we provide support for statistical software. Due to licensing arrangements with data suppliers some data products are resiricted to Nipissing students, faculty and staff.
It is recommended that you book a consultation ahead of time with the Data and Documents Coordinator, Tom Power, firstname.lastname@example.org (705) 474-3450 ext. 4512.