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ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013: National Data Book - ProQuest Statistical Abstract Series (Hardback)
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ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013: National Data Book - ProQuest Statistical Abstract Series (Hardback)

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The most valuable reference tool in existence. The Statistical Abstract is the recognized authority for U.S. statistics and directs users to where they can find more detail in an easily readable format. Included are hot button topics of broad interest such as data on mortgages, student loan debt, religion, same sex households, child obesity, U.S. trade with China, and much more.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781598885910
Number of pages: 1048
Weight: 2141 g
Dimensions: 285 x 223 x 51 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
When the Census Bureau announced in 2011 that the edition of the Statistical Abstract published that year would be the last one produced by the federal government, many librarians protested the loss of this essential reference tool. When their protests could not reverse the decision, ProQuest stepped up to continue this source, which has been used by libraries since 1878. Most aspects of this new edition will be familiar: an excellent index, arrangement by table numbers, inclusion of source information, and introductory pages for each section. Changes include larger text, the addition of 39 new tables, and the deletion of 27 tables for which ProQuest was unable to reach agreement with the source. A listing of both added and deleted tables is included in introductory materials. For the deleted tables, in 14 instances replacement tables are indicated. An online version, preferred by most users, will provide monthly instead of annual updates and the capability of using facets to limit results by source, data date, subject, and type of data breakdown. When a table is opened a link to the original governmental or nongovernmental publication is, in most cases, given. The online Statistical Abstract could be improved in a number of ways. No link is provided to allow users to go from the index, which opens in a PDF document, to a table. The only way to go to a known table is to enter "table #" in the search box. Confusion arises since the word "source" is used both at the end of each table and in the facets to indicate the original governmental or nongovernmental publication; and also, when a table is opened, as a link to download that entire section of the Statistical Abstract. The capability to save a table is not readily apparent; users must choose the XLS option, which will transfer the table into a savable Excel file. In either format (or in many cases in both formats), this is an indispensable purchase for all libraries. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. * CHOICE, June 2013 *
ProQuest and Bernan are to be congratulated for continuing to provide librarians and users necessary statistical information. The publishers have succeeded in giving researchers of any age statistics at a reasonable price in print and online. * Booklist, April 15, 2013 *
Patrons in need of serious data on the United States, including nitty-gritty on the lives of its inhabitants, need look no further than Statistical Abstract (ProQuest and Bernan, Jan.), but the book is also a browser's dream, offering a mature alternative for those who've outgrown Guinness Book of World Records and your library's various almanacs. It'll be a welcome addition, too, for patrons tired of the bloviated Internet rhetoric that can't stand up to table after table on such topics as school crime and safety, campaign finances, corporate profits, and immigration..... The careful presentation of this work is a joy to behold. Each section of statistics is preceded by an overview describing the sources of the numbers and offering further-reading leads where appropriate; appendixes provide more such detail as well as the happily retro, self-effacing (if statistically standard) "Limitations of the Data." * Library Journal, December 2012 *
Librarians everywhere rejoiced when ProQuest announced its decision to take over publication of a classic source published since 1878, most recently by the Census Bureau. The 2013 print edition adds new tables on "Same Sex Households" (there were 646,464 in 2010), "Obese Children" (18%), "Youth with a Major Depressive Disorder" (8% in 2010), and "Mean Student Loan Debt" ($26,682). A new table, "Leisure Time Use" shows that most people watch too much TV (53% of their free time) as opposed to participating in sports/recreation (7%) or reading (4%). With enhanced indexing, the print edition is easy to navigate and a pleasure to use. * Library Journal (Reference), December 2012 *
A treasure trove of interesting, odd and illuminating statistics is revealed in the 135th edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. * New York Post, December 21, 2012 *

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