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This guide contains information and sources to help you complete your research assignment. If you need any further help, please contact Stephanie Miranda at miranda_sr@mercer.edu, or ask a librarian at the Reference Desk. 

Websites

Note that the resources below are by no means exhaustive. If you cannot find the information you need in the sources below, try to think of other interested parties who might keep track of the information you need.

Georgia Education Statistics:

School Performance and Report Card (gosa.georgia.gov/report-card) - maintained by the State of Georgia's Office of Student Achievement, this website includes statistical data broken-down by county and/or school. The data reported here is intended to meet state and federal laws.

Georgia Department of Education Data & Reporting (gadoe.org) - maintained by the Georgia Department of Education, this site includes a variety statistical data on schools in the state of Georgia. 

National Education Statistics:

National Center for Education Statistics Data Tools - a variety of search tools providing access to educational statistics for schools across the country. While this is national in scope, information on individual schools is available. Also, contains information on private schools.

Digest of Education Statistics - various data tables with nation-wide education statistics, maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Also, contains information on private schools.

Websites with general data and statistics:

United States Census Bureau - Government website that provides data collected through the census

U.S. Department of Labor - Government website for the cabinet-level department of the federal government responsible for occupational safety, unemployment benefits, wage standards, and economic statistics. 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Government website that provides information in the broad field of labor economics and statistics 

Data USA - Free platform that allows users to collect, analyze, and visualize shared U.S. government data -- search for a city you are interested in

City-Data.com - Free platform that allows users to view data from a variety of government and private sources. Specifically, good for looking at poverty rates.

Useful Information:

Evaluating Information C.R.A.P. Test - a basic guide to evaluating sources. When looking at statistical data, you should check into who collected and/or reported the data. Most importantly, think about the data you find - does it make sense? Do the numbers seem off in any way? Remember that it is tempting for schools to report false data in some cases! Try to verify facts whenever possible.

Databases

The resources below are databases where you can find scholarly articles.

Education Journals (ProQuest) - Covers not only the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

Education Full Text (EBSCO) - Includes a wide range of contemporary education issues, including government funding, instructional media, multicultural education, religious education, student counseling, competency-based education, and information technology.

ERIC (EBSCO) — Covers all aspects of education and educational research, includes both abstracts of published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics. Associated with government funded studies.

Social Science (ProQuest) — Covers many topics including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, and international relations.