Date of this version

Summer 2004

Document Type



library and information science curriculum, statistical information, government statistics


Statistical information is one of the most important forms of government publication. Librarians receive some training in how to locate and use government statistical information in reference or government documents classes, but the coverage is usually cursory and most librarians could use more education. This paper reviews the literature and available print and electronic statistical resources and outlines a course for librarians in government statistics, suggesting classroom or self-study instructional methods; identifying key information on search strategies, ready reference sources, and detailed topical statistical sources; and suggesting issues for librarians to be aware of in helping their patrons locate and use statistics.

Published in

Journal of Education for Library & Information Science