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Index to Federal, State, International and Business Statistics

Summary | Help Files
Sources | Statistical Abstract | Web Address

Comparative Data | Dates | Focus | Keyword | Search Box | Search Form

Title List | Individual Records | Printing, etc.

Full Text Formats | Finding Data Not in Stat Univ

How to Locate Sources | How to Search


Last updated on September 6, 1999

Description and Accessibility


Statistical Universe indexes and abstracts printed federal, state, and international statistical publications as well as selected business and professional publications containing statistics. It does not, however, cover the statistics issued by foreign governments. Approximately 15% of the federal statistical publications are available in full text.


Web Address:

Available from all campus workstations and the University private modem pool: (734) 489-2222. Also available through the library's Remote Server if you preregistered a password.

Source Materials


Statistical Universe is the web equivalent of the printed American Statistics Index, Statistical Reference Index, and Index to International Statistics, all located in the Documents Center. The Statistical Masterfile CD-ROM, also in the Documents Center, has been discontinued by the company in favor of the web version.

SourceContentSU CoveragePaper CoverageSMF Coverage
SRIBusiness and State1980+1980+1980-97
IISInternational Agency1983+1983+1983-97

Searching for Data

Search Forms

The main entrance point is the top search box on the right entitled STATISTICAL SEARCHES

Separate Search Forms are available for

Search Boxes

Most Search Forms (subject areas) have several boxes

Comparative Data Search Form

The Comparative Data Search Form permits subject searching for data compared by various geographic, economic, or demographic characteristics, such as employment by sex, gross domestic product by foreign country, or sales by industry.

Census Division
Foreign Country
Outlying Area
Urban-Rural/Metro-Non Metro
Government Agency
Individual, Company, or Institution
Educational Attainment
Marital Status

SEARCH TIP: Although zip code, Congressional District, and ancestry are not official choices in the Comparative Data search form, they can be used as ke ywords in a subject search.

Keyword Searching

Keyword searching uses Boolean logic, proximity indicators, and truncation symbols
Boolean Logic AND juvenile crime and Michigan finds both words in the same document
OR doctor OR physician finds either word in same document
AND NOT juveniles and not crime finds first word without the second
ATLEASTn (term) atleast5 (budget) finds term number of times
allcaps (AIDS) finds AIDS but not aids
nocaps (mace) finds mace but not MACE
Proximity Indicators PHRASE SEARCHING buying power retrieves two words together
W/n economic growth w/3 indicators retrieves phrase within three words of indicators
e.g. economic growth indicators or indicators of economic growth
W/p GDP w/p health care retrieves words in same paragraph
W/s GDP w/s health care retrieves words in same sentence
PRE/n lagging pre/2 indicators retrieves first word within two of second word
Not W/n CPI not/w10 adjusted retrieves farther appart than 10
Not W/s ancestry not w/s race retrieves words not in same sentence
Not W/p buying power not w/p taxes Retrieves words if not in same paragraph
Not PRE/n University not pre/2 Michigan retrieves if one word not in front of other
Truncation Symbol Asterisk * replaces one character anywhere in word except first letter wom*n retrieves woman or women
Exclamation Point ! replaces one or more character at end of word child! retrieves child or children or childhood


Because any abstract may cover a number of different statistical tables, it is best to begin a search by specifying words close together to one another, (e.g. GDP w/10 health care).

Search the phrase selected years to find historical data.

Keyword searching can also be used to designate frequency and specificity in classification systems.

Full-text, csv, and xls can be used as search terms.

Search Results

Title List

The Default Search Results are listed as the most current first. They provide identifying information, hot links to the abstract, and note whether there is a web link to the entire publication or the statistical portions of the publication. Some also provide links to web sites of the agency responsible for the publication.

Search Result Options include Sort by Relevancy and Expanded List, which shows keyword.

Default List
Documents List Sorted by Date

Sorted by Relevance

Expanded List Sorted by Relevance

Focus Search

If your results list is too long, you can narrow the search at this point by pressing the Focus button on the menu. The words typed in the box are considered a Boolean AND. Typical examples include:

full text attachments
web link available
ASI and not (SRI or IIS)

Individual Records

The default record display is full text. However, you can adjust the display to KWIC, which displays the keywords in context.

The most important elements of any record are:

Identify the table containing the data you desire from the abstract and then page down to the full text attachments to see if the table is included.

Some records contain the phrase Link to This Summary. The record below contains the abstract to the Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement. Link to This Summary refers to the abstract of its parent publication, Health Care Financing Review.

Formats for Full Text

Full Text Attachments in one of four formats The Help screen provides instructions on configuring your browser to use these formats.

Printing, Downloading, E-Mailing Records

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS must be printed or downloaded using your browser. However, you may ALSO print, download, or e-mail the SEARCH RESULTS LISTS by checking off the relevant boxes and using the commands given at the top of the screen.

Finding Data Not In Statistical Universe

Data Indexed - No Full Text Attachments

All Publications
  1. Documents Center has all publications, except those few listed as not filmed, on microfiche. Bring Record Number (e.g. ASI 1997 4144-11) to Documents Center staff.

  2. Connect to MIRLYN for paper copies within the University of Michigan Library system.

Federal Government Web Versions

  1. Search by agency/title using GPO Access (; by title or SUDOCS number using Uncle Sam's Migrating Government Publications (

  2. Identify the agency web site using Louisiana State University (

State Government Web Versions

Business and Professional Web Versions

International Agencies

Data Not Indexed

Not all statistical data is indexed by Statistical Universe.

See the Documents Center staff for assistance in identifying all formats.

For data on the web, try

Statistical Abstract

Statistical Abstract of the United States is a compendium of government and non-government data on population, economics, health, foreign trade, government, natural resources, housing, energy, and recreation. It is usually the "first place to go" for any data question. A major value is its list of sources at the bottom of each table.

Statistical Universe indexes Statistical Abstract separately and provides an image (GIF) version of every table.

Help Files

Statistical Universe includes an impressive list of help files.

How Do I? answers common questions, such as the cost of living, foreign exchange rates, and poverty levels. I also includes questions about verifying numbers and what to do if you can't find particular data.

Spotlight on Statistics provides background on various types of government data and a statistical glossary.

About Statistical Universe describes the data base, lists the publications covered in full text, outlines search techniques, and describes how to use the various full text file formats.

List of Links annotates major government and non-government web sites.

Navigation Map

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