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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 8

A course guide of the library's one credit course offered in fall 2014

Week 8

Week 8: Using Statistics and U.S. Census

(This is going to be a session with little demonstration but more hands on experience for students.)

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand the importance of using census daa
  • Locate data from statistic databases and America Factfinder




Students need to learn how to find census data by using Infoshare Online, Social Explorer (a mapping tool) and American Factfinder. For other type of data students learn to use Statistita and government publications. For example, Career Outlook.

This class is going to be hands on and demonstration, no discussion is needed.


Homework: Using Census Tools to Find Accurate Data (50 points)

1. Use Infoshare Online to find out how many immigrants from Bolivia are listed as residing in Long Island City.

(1) How many immigrants from Bolivia live in Long Island City?

(2) What is the name of the table you have used?

Tip: Click on “Profile and Area” > New York City > select Zip Code in the drop down menu and choose Queens > 11101. Then look for demographic data from the 2007-2011 Census. You decide which table to view in order to find out the number of people from Bolivia.

2. Using Social Explorer to find out the latest number of people in NYC (25 years and over) who have a Bachelor’s degree and more. Use dot density for map display, export and paste the image below.

Tip: Click on “change data” on the top left > 2013 > Education > the ACS 2011 -- 2013 (3-Year Estimates) - Population 25 Years and over: Bachelor's degree or more

3. Use American Fact Finder to find out how many people in the LaGuardia census tract have earned income and benefits of $200,000 and more.

Tip: Use advanced search > select a topic (people> income) > select Geographies > enter LaGuardia's address (31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101). Find LaGuardia's census tract (Census Tract 179, Queens County, New York) and select it  > choose the data table report labeled DP-03/SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS and find out how many people) in the school’s census tract have earned income and benefits of $200,000 or more.

4. Use Statista to find out the market share by percentage between Google Android, Apple iOS, RIM/Blackberry, and Microsoft in May 2014 in the U.S.

(1)Market share between Google Android, Apple iOS, RIM/Blackberry, and Microsoft in May 2014 in the U.S

(2)Export and paste the graph below.

Tip: Use the search box and type “smartphone” and select the table that gives you the U.S. market information covering 2014.

5. Write down your reflection (50+ words) of using the four sources above. Which is your favorite tool and why? 

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