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What to consider when searching for data and statistics

  1. Ask yourself who would be interested in data/statistics on the topic. Seeking out those organizations/people can be a good place to start looking.
  2. Consider why the organizations/authors created or collected the data/statistics. Do they have any bias or agenda?
  3. Look at the methodology and consider what's included about how the data was collected. Does anything raise concerns or should be taken into consideration?

Health-related data and statistics sources

We've compiled different resources where you can locate reliable data and statistics sources. Finding these sources can be tricky sometimes so it helps to have some places to get started. 

  • OECD iLibrary - Books, Papers and Statistics
    OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. OECD Books and Papers covers all OECD’s published (ISBN/ISSN) monographs, journals, statistical annuals and periodicals available online in 17 subject themes. The main texts are accessed as PDFs, whilst related tables are in XLS, PDF or HTML.OECD Statistics provides online access to all OECD’s published data, irrespective of format. It includes the dynamic interactive databases, as well as the statistical annuals and periodicals in PDF format, and their related tables in XLS, PDF and HTML.OECD iLibrary Content items (April 2020):• 15 620 ebook titles• 81 600 chapters• 242 220 tables and graphs• 2 305 articles• 6 360 multilingual summaries• 6 620 working papers• 7 billion data points across 44 databases.

    IEA Statistical Databases are not included in this package.

  • Statista
    Statista is a multidisciplinary database that aggregates information covering 80,000 topics. Access to data from over 18,000 sources covering 1.5 million statistics. All statistics can be directly downloaded in PNG, PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint formats. Data prepared according to academic citation standards, with a citation tool (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Bluebook) and links to the original source for further research. Statista also covers industry reports, studies, forecasts, dossiers, digital market outlook , aesthetically pleasing infographics, and more.

OECD iLibrary > search under Themes or Statistics for worldwide data on a variety of topics. Note: this is not publicly available data and can only be accessed through UNB Libraries' subscription. 

Statista is a database that aggregates data and statistics from worldwide sources on a large variety of topics. Statistics and data can also be downloaded in PNG, PDF, Excel, or Powerpoint formats for use in infographics and presentations. Here's a short (3mins) video with an example of how to search Statista for health data:

Within Statista you can find information in different ways:

  • Keyword search in the general search box (example: Canada health)
  • Look under Reports > Countries > Filter by Country then check out the dossier for that country
  • Search under Statistics > All industries > Health, Pharm, Medtech > State of Health > Global health for other types of information

You can see the original source of the information you find through Statista and should be included in your citation (see Citing Different Types of Sources).

Other sources of finding data and statistics:


This 2mins video shows an example of accessing and manipulating a StatCan data set:


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