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Collections of Statistical Resources Arranged by Topics
International (global or specific countries)
International Database of Population (US Census Bureau)
Quick, easy to use system, to obtain the current or historical population of any country, as far back as 1950, or projections of population as far forward as 2050. You can also get aggregates of combined global population, as well as "Population Clocks" for the US and the World.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Over 30 categories of time series datasets are available covering international economic & financial topics available at the country level. Also offers predefined datasets of economic & financial info as a series for each country. You can also create customized reports, select a time span, select a country, select a variable, to create your own time series reports of specific variables. Everything can be downloaded into Excel spreadsheets. You will need to create a free personal IMF customer account in order to access the customizable data extraction options.
Penn World Tables (previously hosted by University of Pennsylvania)
Provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 188 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2017. The European Union or the OECD provide more detailed purchasing power and real product estimates for their countries and the World Bank makes current price estimates for most PWT countries at the GDP level.
UN's Statistical Yearbook (United Nations)
Although there is a bit of a lag, before each year's edition comes out, this is a behemoth resource at over 800 pages in length. But it is available as a PDF, it downloads fast, and the contents are fully searchable using the "FIND" commands. It also has a conventional Table of Contents, and an Index to help find specific types of data.
Websites of national statistical offices around the world (Statistics division of UNESCO)
A simple alphabetical listing of every country in the world that has an official government agency dedicated to collecting & analyzing statistics about that country, and clickable links to each of those official agencies.
World Factbook (US Central Intelligence Agency)
Centralized resource for recent statistics & standardized snapshot look at any country in the world. Also includes each country's flag, and a basic map. Major areas of focus include: Communications, Economy, Geography, Government, Military, People, and Transportation. Although this is produced by the CIA, many academic researchers consider this information to be fair and unbiased.
Gary Klein (librarian for statistics)
, Civic Communication & Media
, Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics
, Rhetoric & Media Studies