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The Methods and Materials of Demography by
Call Number: Simpson Reference HB 849.4 .M484 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Explains how and why particular data and measurements are calculated in order to serve as reliable indicators; for example, how calculations related to birth rate and life expectancy are made, and why they serve as reliable indicators of health.
Report on the World Social Situation
United Nations Publication
Prepared on a biennial basis by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
World Economic and Social Survey (WESS)
United Nations publication
Provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies.
Europa World Year Book
Call Number: Simpson Reference JN 1 .E85 2017 (3 volumes)
Publication Date: 2017
This 3 volume set contains a wealth of information, arranged by country, on the history, politics and economy (including international trade) of each nation. Entries also include websites for various government agencies.
Europa also includes summaries of international organizations (like the WTO)
The Statesman's Year-Book
Call Number: Simpson Reference JA 51. S7
Publication Date: Annual - Most recent 5 years in Reference
Like Europa World Yearbook, this book provides summaries of the economic, social, and political state of each country.
At the end of each entry are lists of recommended further reading and URLs for the country's statistical bureau.
Subject Headings for finding resources on U.S. public opinion:
Public opinion -- United States -- Statistics.
Americans -- Attitudes -- Statistics.
Social surveys -- United States -- Statistics.
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- Definitions of unfamiliar terms
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