Did you know that one easy way to get quick access to lots of free government data on many subjects is through the US Census Bureau homepage? Just go to the Bureau’s page via our Database A-Z list (or go to their URL directly) and then click on ‘Index A to Z’ in the upper right. You’ll get a prodigious alphabetical list of topics for which statistics are available, ranging from Advance Monthly Retail Sales to Child Support to Health Insurance to Small Business Statistics. The Census site is not just about people — it can be a shortcut to finding data you need without trying to figure out what part of the Government provides it.
Looking for websites on a business topic or industry? Consider the Library’s Business Web Sites – nearly 140 different sites on a fantastic range of topics. Coverage includes accounting, baseball, biotech, commodities, housing, international statistics, marketing, mutual funds, patents, private equity, real estate, supermarkets, video games and much more. All of these sites should have free information but, since Stanford is not paying for access, at some point you might run up against some restricted material. Of course at that point you might choose to purchase the data, if it suits you. But there is so much free information on industries and financial topics that you may be satisfied with what is readily available. And as always, if you are not finding what you need, just ask a librarian for help.
It was reported today the the U.S. consumer sentiment rose to it’s highest in five years. The article reports that, “What changed was how they (consumers) evaluated economic conditions,” survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement. “Economic conditions during the year ahead were expected to be ‘good’ by more consumers, and more consumers expected ‘good’ economic times over the next five years.”
If you wanted to check out the Consumer Sentiment Survey and/or other websites about consumer please go to the library’s Business Web Sites: Economic Data: Consumers.
Looking for overviews of industries, companies or brands and how well they perform in select market segments? Seeking consumer, economic, or demographic data for a specific country or geographic region across the globe? Take a look at the wealth of data available from Passport GMID. Check consumption rates to find current top consumers and where the market for a product is growing fast. Build custom searches to analyze macroeconomic indicators, compare market sizes and/or brand shares, observe trends, and more. As always, just ask a librarian for more details.