Quick reference publications provide snapshots of recent social and economic data about countries and regions. This type of resource is not suitable if you wish to investigate how an issue has changed over time.
|OECD iLibrary can be used to obtain data about the UK (and other EU countries). However, the most in-depth collection of social and economic statistics about the UK is free-to-access on the National Statistics website, maintained by the state-run Office of National Statistics.|
Social and economic datasets for all EU member states are usually freely-available online from the appropriate government institution.
Sources which enable you to easily compare results from different countries include:
When undertaking a research project in the social sciences, you may require evidence from published social or economic datasets to support your assertions. Perhaps you need to compare several variables over time in order to draw conclusions about the relationships between them, or gather all the available data about a country or region to inform your analysis of the political, economic or social situation.
To support your research, the University of York Library subscribes to OECD iLibrary. In addition to these sources, UK higher education users have access to data on the UK Data Service (free of charge).