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General Statistical and Data Resources

Statistics in Journal Articles

Statistics in Journal Articles Indexed in MEDLINE

When statistics sources don't contain what you want, journal articles may be the only source. Articles containing statistics can be found in MEDLINE by using subheadings applied to subjects you are interested in or by limiting search results on topics of interest by publication type:

1. Subheadings - two particularly useful:

/statistics & numerical data (/sn)
In PubMed: "MeSH term/statistics and numerical data"[MeSH]; or, "statistics and numerical data"[subheading] for free-floating subheading searches. In PubMed, "statistics and numerical data" as a subheading explodes by default to include the narrower subheadings "epidemiology"[subheading] - which includes "ethnology"[subheading] OR "mortaility"[subheading] - OR "supply and distribution"[subheading] OR "utilization"[subheading]
In Ovid MEDLINE: MeSH term/sn (statistics and numerical data) - Used with non-disease headings for the expression of numerical values which describe particular sets or groups of data. It excludes manpower distribution for which "manpower" is used and excludes supply or demand for which "supply and distribution" is used.
Year introduced: 1989
/mortality (/mo)
In PubMed: "MeSH term/mortality"[MeSH]; or "mortality"[subheading] for free-floating subheading searches. For deaths resulting from various procedures statistically but for a death resulting in a specific case, use "FATAL OUTCOME"[MeSH], not "MeSH term/mortality"[MeSH].
In Ovid MEDLINE: MeSH term/mo (mortality) - Used with human and veterinary diseases for mortality statistics. For deaths resulting from various procedures statistically but for a death resulting in a specific case, use FATAL OUTCOME/, not /mo.
Year introduced: 1967

2. Other useful subheadings to consider:

In PubMed: In Ovid MEDLINE:
/economics /ec
/epidemiology /ep
/ethnology /eh
/supply & distribution /sd
/utilization /ut

3. Publication types (available via "Limit"):

"Statistics" - Works consisting of presentations of numerical data on particular subjects.
Year introduced: 2008(1999)
"Tables" - Presentations of nonstatistical data in tabular form.
Year introduced: 2008(1999)


Multidisciplinary team

April Colosimo, Science

Maryvon Côté, Law

Eamon Duffy, Government Information

Genevieve Gore, Health

Michael David Miller, Economics and International Development


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