News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Learning to Live Without a Statistical Abstract: Thinking about Future Access to Government Information

From our friends at LLRX (Law and technology resources for legal professionals):

Learning to Live Without a Statistical Abstract: Thinking about Future Access to Government Information – The U.S. Census Bureau anticipates that budget cuts will likely dismantle the entire Statistical Compendia division. James T. Shaw’s presentation focuses on why there is no truly good alternative to the Statistical Abstract in terms of providing both convenience and breadth, either from other government or commercial sources. He provides descriptions of and links to other statistical sources and methods to mine available data moving forward.

International Health Statistics with OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary Health Statistics is the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) premier online information source for the global health information. This database offers CSU researchers access to worldwide data on health status, health care resources, non-medical determinants of health, demographic and economic references, and much more. [Note that this OECD database is listed in the Schwartz Library’s list of databases, not under the Law Library.] Here’s a sampling of statistics available from OECD iLibrary Health Statistics that will give you a flavor of the information depth of this resource –

  • Total expenditure on health per capita
  • Government social spending per head
  • Old age social spending
  • Public unemployment spending
  • Causes of mortality
  • Prevention and public health services
  • Alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Obesity rates

LexisNexis Statistical Datasets

Federal Courts – Judgements for Plaintiffs in Civil Rights Jobs Cases, 2000-2008

Writing a law review article or paper and need statistics?  LexisNexis Statistical Datasets not only provides statistical tables, but enables you to create your own tables.   Select whatever geographic region, time period or variables you wish to display.   There are statistics for criminal justice, federal courts,  banking, finance and insurance, education and more.

When off campus, be sure to use the link from the Electronic Resources page or the link in this post.  You will be asked for your name,  CSU Id and Scholar PIN to access off-campus.

Get Me the Stats On That, Stat!

Amy Burchfield, Access & Faculty Services Librarian amy.burchfield@law.csuohio.edu | August 15, 2008 – 08:49

The latest buzz in legal scholarship is empirical legal studies, which is the topic of this informative blog written by a group of numbers-oriented law profs and this research guide from librarians at Georgetown.

Empirical legal studies wouldn’t exist as a discipline, of course, without its foundation in statistical research. Over 100 federal government agencies compile staggering amounts of statistical data, all of which is neatly organized and readily accessible through FedStats. While far from glitzy, FedStats is nonetheless an excellent portal to federal agency statistics on hundreds of topics, organized by subjects and agencies. There’s even a section for kids.

So if statistics make you queasy, as they do me, FedStats might just ease you gently into numbers research.